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Sea Otters' Powerful Paw Prey Perception

The marine mammals have extraordinarily sensitive touch—which helps them nab prey in the absence of other sensory cues. Christopher Intagliata reports.

September 18, 2018 — Christopher Intagliata

Genetic Tweak Gave Early Humans a Leg Up

A mutation in a key gene may have endowed humans with superior endurance—allowing them to compete better with other animals on the savanna. Christopher Intagliata reports.

September 13, 2018 — Christopher Intagliata

Bonnethead Sharks Are Underwater Lawn Mowers

The hammerhead relatives consume copious amounts of sea grass, and have the digestive machinery to process it—making them true omnivores. Christopher Intagliata reports.

September 6, 2018 — Christopher Intagliata

Here's Looking at Humanity, Kid

Senior Editor Gary Stix talks about the September special issue of Scientific American, devoted to the science of being human. And Brown University evolutionary biologist Ken Miller discusses human chromosome 2 and what it tells us about us.

September 5, 2018 — Gary Stix and Steve Mirsky