Fish art

Fish Out of Water

Human ailments as varied as hernias, hiccups, and choking are a legacy of our “fishy” ancestry.

Bird biomechanics 2

On Swift Wings

What airplane designers could learn from the shape-changing wings of birds

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Paleobotany

An Internet guide to the evolution of plants

Lethal Fuzz slide show

Lethal Fuzz

Toxic hairs enable some caterpillars to venture forth in conspicuous processions.

star-nosed mole

A Star Is Born

The fleshy pink "fingers" on the snout of the star-nosed mole point to this animal's unique evolutionary history.

Voracious Evolution

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

The Darwin Celebration

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Recent Stories

A true but unlikely tale

Story and Photographs by William Rowan

Increasing day length on the early Earth boosted oxygen released by photosynthetic cyanobacteria.

Genomic evidence shows that Denisovans and modern humans may have overlapped in Wallacea.

Evapotranspiration is the largest source of water vapor in the Congo rainforest during the spring rainy season.