Long thought impossible, preservation of fossil pigments is allowing scientists to reconstruct extinct organisms with unprecedented accuracy—a feat that is yielding surprising insights into the lives they led
Scientists thought people first set foot on the frozen Tibetan Plateau 15,000 years ago. New genomic analyses suggest multiplying that figure as much as fourfold
Human suitors may woo with red wine and roses, but these jumping spiders come courting with fancy dress and choreography. Now scientists know more about how spiders perceive their admirers' flamboyant displays.
Fresh insight emerges into the complex genetics that dictate how the nervous system wires itself for fine-motor control, which gives humans the dexterity for everything from brain surgery to texting
Women rate a man they see with an attractive woman as more desirable than an unattached man. Erika Beras reports.
New research suggests that as weather patterns changed some 30,000 years ago in Australia, megafauna went extinct
Our metabolic engine fueled the emergence of hallmark traits
The critically endangered birds have done well in captive breeding, meaning they may be ready once more for wild living, and the repertoire of calls associated with it. Jason G. Goldman reports.
The cichlid, a small fish, has one of the most incredible visual systems known—which allows it to adapt to differently colored environments. Jason G. Goldman reports.
Two species of distantly related panda may have adapted to a bamboo-centric diet in similar genetic ways
Studies of how the human engine burns calories help to explain why physical activity does little to control weight—and how our species acquired some of its most distinctive traits
Using algorithms developed for human speech recognition, researchers decoded which bats in an experimental colony were arguing with each other, and what they were arguing about. Christopher Intagliata reports.
New research suggests our last common ancestor with these monkeys possessed the vocal machinery needed to speak
The fossilized fruit, a cousin of tomatoes, potatoes, chilies and tobacco, dates the famous plant family 30 million years older than previously thought
This viral group appeared hundreds of millions of years earlier than previously thought
Converging genetic and archaeological evidence hints that early migrants clung to the frigid, oxygen-starved “roof of the world” through the worst the climate could throw at them
The discovery could necessitate the reanalysis of enigmatic stones previously attributed to human origins
A remarkable fossil record of the dinosaurs that led to birds reveals how evolution produces entirely new kinds of organisms
Lineages of all known species on earth are finally pieced together
An astonishing trove of fossils has scientists, and the media, in a tizzy over our origins