These articles explore evolution - the changes seen in the inherited traits of a population from one generation to the next. Evolution is one of the great mysteries of biology, since it is a slow process and difficult to study.
What Is Whiskey Fungus and Is it Dangerous?
First, Second, Third, Removed, Kissing — It's Complicated! A Cousins Tutorial
London Scientists Described 552 New Species in 2021. Here Are 4 Favorites
These Giants Are the 7 Tallest Trees in the World
What Is the Oldest Tree in the World?
Snake Plant: A Great Plant for People Who Aren't Great With Plants
Your Phone Is a Germ Factory, So Stop Taking It to the Toilet
Why Even Identical Twins Have Different Fingerprints
Which Emerged First: Viruses or Living Cells?
DNA From Beethoven's Hair Reveals Poor Health and Family Secrets
How Human Height Has Changed Over Time
What Is the Atacama Skeleton, and Why Is It So Controversial?
The IQ Scale: What Does Your IQ Score Really Mean?
What Does It Mean When You Dream About Someone?
ASMR Meaning and Why ASMR Videos Are So Popular
Scientists have determined that years of ivory poaching to fund Mozambique's civil war altered the genetics of the country's elephants. But it only affected the females. A new study tells why.
Footprints unearthed at White Sands National Park in New Mexico were made some 23,000 years ago. That's much earlier than scientists have previously placed humans in the Americas.
Batesian mimicry is an evolutionary strategy used by vulnerable species to look like a dangerous species so predators will leave them alone. But it only works under the right circumstances.
The marshmallow test is all about delayed gratification in children, but can other animals pass it too? And why would they?
The question of exactly what is human consciousness and how it came to be in the human mind has raged forever between philosophers, religious scholars and scientists, but does the theory of the bicameral mind explain it?
By Robert Lamb
Do we owe the emergence of language and self-reflection to the ancient and sustained consumption of psilocybin mushrooms?
By Robert Lamb
Organisms not related to each other can develop similar physical attributes without even exchanging notes.
We make a big deal about modern humans being smarter than Neanderthals, but, really, are we?
The flightless Aldabra rail lives exclusively on the Aldabra Atoll in Madagascar. But it appears to have descended from birds that soar.
By Mark Mancini
A new global report says 1 million species are at risk of extinction — the greatest number in human history.
The more we research our closest extinct human ancestor, the more we realize how similar we were. But could we have shared a joke?
Homo erectus lived for more than a million years on Earth, but laziness and lack of innovation might have been the death of them.
Turns out that evolutionary advantages can come with a price.
By Robert Lamb
A group of scientists are suggesting that panspermia may be responsible for the Cambrian Explosion millions of years ago – the time when most major animal groups appear in the fossil record.
New research shows that homo sapiens weren't the first folks to decorate their caves with artwork. Neanderthals actually did it thousands of years earlier.
By Alia Hoyt
Cheddar Man was a dark-skinned, blue-eyed Stone Age Brit. You don't see those every day.
New research suggests Neanderthals went extinct, not because we outcompeted them, but because we took over their ecological niche.
Fossils of a "missing link" may never be found, but new research shows apes' last common ancestor may have been smaller than previously thought.
Researchers have deduced that Homo sapiens reached Australia 65,000 years ago, extending our presence Down Under by 10,000 years.
Were hobbits and giants real? And are they distant relatives of humans?
By Diana Brown
Remains in Morocco push back Homo sapiens origins at least 100,000 years — and show that our species evolved neither in the way nor place we've assumed.
Homo floresiensis, popularly known as a hobbit, is an extinct, miniature human species that might be much, much older than previously thought.
Do ancient human remains mean we've found an ancient ancestor? It's not always that simple.
A group of researchers is pressing to rethink Modern Synthesis, a version of evolutionary theory we've used since the 1940s to explain how species change and adapt.
A statistician dove deep into human DNA and may have uncovered a possible new branch on the old family tree.
By John Donovan