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
Mating practices may help explain the mystery
Night-flying migratory birds over water turn back to lakeshores at daybreak—meaning crowded shores along the water. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Tallest specimen deduced from 3.7-million-year-old footprints in Tanzania
Humans are profoundly altering the earth. Is our impact enough to matter across geologic time? Some say it is. Welcome to the Anthropocene
The softening of the U.S. Embargo against Cuba is offering a closer look at flora and fauna found nowhere else
David Biello's new book is The Unnatural World: The Race to Remake Civilization in Earth’s Newest Age.
Killer whales appear to be splitting into several separate species, perhaps because cultural differences among populations are driving them apart
We asked scientists for their views on the evolution of our species
DARPA researchers are developing responses for accidental or malicious “genetic spills”