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

The first crossings and early settlement of the Pacific

A case study: eighteenth-century Dominica

To understand the origins of our universe, we must be prepared to undertake a risky journey.

How humans ignored some plant defenses and became attracted to their taste and smell