How will future generations make the voyage from our earthly home to the planets and beyond—and what will that mean for our species?
Scientists who found a fossilized avian “voice box” describe a vastly different southern continent—with birds that diversified before the dinosaurs’ mass extinction
DNA analyses find that early Homo sapiens mated with other human species and hint that such interbreeding played a key role in the triumph of our kind
When these monkeys bang rocks together, they make stone flakes that resemble those archaeologists believe humans made two million to three million years ago.This video was reproduced with permission and was first published on October 19, 2016. It is a Nature Video production.
Two studies may explain why people of African descent respond more strongly to infection, and are more prone to autoimmune diseases
The artifacts bear a striking resemblance to objects produced by our ancestors
Shortly after Homo sapiens arose, harsh climate conditions nearly extinguished our species. The small population that gave rise to all humans alive today may have survived by exploiting a unique combination of resources along the southern coast of Africa
By honing ax-making skills while scanning their own brains, researchers are studying how cognition evolved
For 30,000 years our species has been changing remarkably quickly. And we're not done yet
With a shorter season of sea ice, polar bears have less access to marine mammals. But switching to a terrestrial diet deprives them of the fatty seal meals they need to thrive.
The parachute flower smells like alarm pheromones of a honeybee, to attract tiny flies that feed on bees under attack.
An antiscience movement once limited mostly to the U.S. is gaining ground on the eastern side of the Atlantic
Swings between wet and dry landscapes pushed some of our ancestors toward modern traits—and killed off others
Future wet suits with surface textures like the thick fur of otters that trap insulating air layers could keep tomorrow's divers warmer in icy waters.
For the first time in the history of our species, we are never alone and never bored. Have we lost something fundamental about being human?
An astonishing trove of fossils has scientists, and the media, in a tizzy over our origins
Cynodonts, which looked like scaly rats, roamed Brazil 235 million years ago
The odds of anybody in the world surviving to 125 in any given year is less than one in 10,000
The latest molecular analyses and fossil finds suggest that the story of human evolution is far more complex—and more interesting—than anyone imagined
Boating through the Grand Canyon brings one face-to-wallface with geologic time