A paleontologist and an illustrator team up to make mythical creatures follow biomechanical rules
The two cities’ rock doves are genetically distinct, research shows.
Fossilized pollen and leaves reveal that the meteorite that caused the extinction of nonavian dinosaurs also reshaped South America’s plant communities to yield the planet’s largest rain forest...
A Caribbean island’s giant rocks were thought to be deposited by enormous waves
New research tries to tease out whether our closest animal relatives can be selfless
Scientists studied three varieties of house mice and found that those who had lived alongside humans the longest were also the craftiest at solving food puzzles. Christopher Intagliata reports...
When the sun disappeared, tiny coccoliths turned to hunting
Could they speak, too? Did they proposition modern humans in an interspecies creole language?
The 9,000-year-old settlement of Çatalhöyük in Turkey shows how humans began putting down roots
Fossils are being found worldwide, and there are plenty more to come
Researchers extracted DNA from fossils that are more than a million years old, illuminating the origins of the woolly mammoth and the Columbian mammoth
Persistent rumination may be an attribute that lets us think our way out of despair—a process enhanced through talk therapy
Experiments on clusters of cultured cells hint that a gene variant found only in Homo sapiens profoundly changed brain development in our species, compared with our extinct relatives...
Cells need to cooperate to coexist in people, and when some break the rules, cancer results
Some dog population genetics show similarities to ours, such as in the ability to digest grains. But other lineages differ.
The emergence of this crucial kind of relationship relied on the ability to recognize the unique benefits others have to offer
Depictions of pigs found in Indonesia date back at least 45,500 years
The extinct giant canids were a remarkable example of convergent evolution
Unlike humans, wolves can subsist on protein alone for months—so scientists say we may have lobbed leaner leftovers their way. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Unable to digest large amounts of protein, hunters likely left scraps that could have led to the taming of wolves