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Beauty Happens

DARWIN’S THEORY THAT MATE CHOICE IS EXPLICITLY AESTHETIC WAS A REALLY DANGEROUS IDEA.

Birds, Bees, and Beauty

Adaptive Aesthetics

Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral?

The idea of creating a “Tree of Minerals” seemed contrived, until recently.

Outport Life

Newfoundlanders use whatever means available to hold fast to their cherished land.

Sex Lives of Fish

Fish conduct elaborate courtship rituals and some develop lifelong bonds.

  • Beauty Happens

    DARWIN’S THEORY THAT MATE CHOICE IS EXPLICITLY AESTHETIC WAS A REALLY DANGEROUS IDEA.

  • Birds, Bees, and Beauty

    Adaptive Aesthetics

  • Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral?

    The idea of creating a “Tree of Minerals” seemed contrived, until recently.

  • Outport Life

    Newfoundlanders use whatever means available to hold fast to their cherished land.

  • Sex Lives of Fish

    Fish conduct elaborate courtship rituals and some develop lifelong bonds.

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shark fin

Sharks in Our Midst

Their cultural history, prehistory, social systems, and more.

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  • Voracious Evolution

    Discoveries of more complete remains of cartilagenous fishes have shed new light on the prehistory of sharks and their relatives.

  • Sociable Killers

    New studies of the white shark (aka great white) show that its social life and hunting strategies are complex

  • Sharks: Man-Eaters and Others

    With suggestions that Americans turn to economic account some of the smaller species of the Atlantic Coast

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Prehistoric Stone Balls--a Mystery

Hundreds dot the Costa Rican jungle, as baffling as the monuments of Stonehenge.

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Ignacius graybullianus

54-Million-Year-Old Skull Reveals Surprises about Early Evolution of Primate Brains

Nature.net

  • Rad Toys

    Science toys you can build or buy for you and the other kids in your life.

  • Best Things in Life

    Where to find Natural History archives and other free stuff

  • The Third R

    With the spotlight on ’rithmetic, there are now free online sites where you can practice your math skills.

  • Pain in the Knee

    Alternatives to surgery for treating joint pain from arthritis

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DARWIN’S THEORY THAT MATE CHOICE IS EXPLICITLY AESTHETIC WAS A REALLY DANGEROUS IDEA.

Adaptive Aesthetics

The idea of creating a “Tree of Minerals” seemed contrived, until recently.