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
Structures diverted the weather pattern’s floods to new farmlands 2,000 years ago
Environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb talks about his book Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter.
Juvenile ravens performed just as well as chimps and orangutans in a battery of intelligence tests—except for assays of spatial skills. Christopher Intagliata reports.
The most comprehensive study of the iconic dinosaur reveals a very different animal from the one portrayed on film
Fossils of small, delicate animals may reveal the early history of gigantic flying reptiles
X-ray scans of ancient Egyptian cat, bird and snake mummies show details never seen before
Under the right circumstances, indiscriminate mating with both males and females can enhance animals’ evolutionary success
Evidence of the ancient humans was limited to a cave in Siberia. But now scientists have found genetic remains of the Denisovans in China. Christopher Intagliata reports.