Dating back 67 million years, this representative of the group of modern birds has been dubbed the Wonderchicken (which is not an April Fools’ Day joke).
To make it in urban areas, birds tend to be either large-brained and able to produce few offspring or small-brained and extremely fertile. In natural habitats, most birds brains are of average size...
Some citizen science projects can be done during quarantine
The bilateral organism crawled on the seafloor, taking in organic matter at one end and dumping the remains out the other some 555 million years ago.
Is life’s persistence on Earth really the norm?
New research examines how the animals begin close, blood-sharing partnerships
In this 2012 interview, David Quammen talks about his book Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic, which is highly relevant to the emergence of the coronavirus that has changed our lives...
Archaeologists have dated figurative rock art from Sulawesi to at least 43,900 years ago
A bird skull from Myanmar hints at a lost world of tiny fossils that are waiting to be unearthed
Overly cautious humans and genetics may contribute to behavior problems in a survey of 13,700 Finnish animals
In a vast game of chance and competition, things can get ugly
Small, feathery dinosaurs jettisoned indigestible food just like some modern birds do
At the end of her time at Scientific American, Riley Black reflects on the history of Laelaps
An injury on an ancient bone hints that a saber-toothed carnivore healed fast for its time
An analysis spanning geologic history found that species able to occupy different ecological niches have a survival edge
New work shows how jackdaw flocks (sometimes) transition from chaos to order
Originally published in September 1899
Duke University evolutionary biologist Mohamed A. F. Noor talks about his book Live Long and Evolve: What Star Trek Can Teach Us about Evolution, Genetics, and Life on Other Worlds ...
Most feral dogs that did not run away from humans were able to respond to hand cues about the location of food—even without training.
How early pterosaurs walked on the ground has been a complete mystery. Now the first known trackways of their footprints offer answers