Babblers Make Sense

Birds use phonemic structuring, a component of language previously thought to be uniquely human.

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Born to Run

Humans will never win a sprint against your average quadruped. But our species is well-adapted for the marathon.


A Fossil Comes to Life

One of the most important zoological discoveries of the present century gives us a glimpse at the closest living relative of our fish-like ancestors.

bonobos exhibit "play face"

Bodies in Sync

Contagious laughter, yawns, and moods offer insight into empathy’s origins.

Expedition Headquarters

Bones in the Brewery

A Paleontologist's Rendezvous with History and Prehistory in St. Louis

gorilla, Australian aborigine, and modern European skulls

Man—500,000 Years From Now

A Scientific Attempt to Forecast What May Occur in the Future Evolution of Man

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Thunder in His Footsteps

The ghost of the most gigantic animal that ever walked the earth is conjured to life when a lone fossil hunter tracks down the first true footprints left by this stupendous creature, and thrills to the romance of a great discovery.

Individuality, Temperament, and Genius in Animals

Research that lets us appreciate human individuality

Seeing Corals with the Eye of Reason

A rediscovered painting celebrates Charles Darwin’s view of life.

Aelurodon ferox pack pursues a three-toed horse

How Dogs Came to Run the World

During the past 40 million years, three great lineages arose in the dog family.

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