Stolen people—mostly women and children—were a driving force in the evolution of modern society
Biochemist Sylvia Tara talks about her book The Secret Life of Fat: The Science behind the Body's Least-Understood Organ and What It Means for You.
When sharks prowl shallow waters, fish quit foraging and hide—sparing seaweed from being grazed in those areas. Jason G. Goldman reports.
Vocal anatomy may be the reason so few languages use these sounds
Analysis of alleged yeti samples found them to be from less fantastic beasts, such as bears, but also shed light on the evolution of those local bear populations.
Researchers think the winged reptiles may have nested in colonies and cared for their young
By listening to the calls of their brethren, chimps seem to be able to understand the mind-sets and perspectives of other chimps. Jason Goldman reports.
About half the honeybees in a test exhibited no sidedness, but the other half was split 50–50 between righties and lefties—perhaps to navigate obstacles more efficiently.
Studying whale and dolphin anatomy and behavior could offer insights into human evolution
Dingoes’ brief glances may have been a stepping-stone to Fido’s longer loving stares
Salmon excavate streambed holes in which to lay eggs, setting off a chain of events that has surprisingly large geographical effects.
Although abundant in captivity, the salamander has nearly disappeared from its natural habitat—and that is a problem
The crested pigeon, found in Australia, has a modified wing feather that helps produce an alarm signal sound to warn other birds when there's trouble.
Newfound fossils reveal what forests might look like as they march northward in today's warming world
Its destructive eruptions may help researchers better understand mass extinctions
The Bryde's whale has come up with a passive but more efficient feeding strategy in the hypoxic waters of the Gulf of Thailand.
Scientists are teaming with Andean locals to solve the enigma of a mysterious form of writing
A new theory says it’s due to the first sexual conflict, which happens when the evolutionary interests of males and females do not coincide
In a sample of 98 woolly mammoth remains, researchers found that 70 percent were male—which suggests males were more likely to die accidentally. Christopher Intagliata reports.
An isolated group of orangutans in Sumatra is the first new great ape species described since the 1920s, and could be the most critically endangered.