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On Trails

Earth's earliest known forms of animal life were trailblazers.

The Eye of a Microbial Camera

“Vision” in single-celled Synechocystis works by principles similar to the human eye.

No Way Out

The fate of the Caspian seal may have been decided five million years ago.

Aerial Assassins

Robber flies are top predators in the insect world.

The Naming of Parts

A visual atlas of solifuge jaws enables research on these poorly-understood arachnids.

  • On Trails

    Earth's earliest known forms of animal life were trailblazers.

  • The Eye of a Microbial Camera

    “Vision” in single-celled Synechocystis works by principles similar to the human eye.

  • No Way Out

    The fate of the Caspian seal may have been decided five million years ago.

  • Aerial Assassins

    Robber flies are top predators in the insect world.

  • The Naming of Parts

    A visual atlas of solifuge jaws enables research on these poorly-understood arachnids.

Samplings

Bait and Switch

Frogs, like humans, irrationally switch their preferences.

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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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Thomas Jefferson, c.1821

Thomas Jefferson’s Contributions to Natural History

His effort sent out the Lewis and Clark exploring party into the unknown West.

  • Lost Continents

    Ever since the days of the Greeks, people have tried to prove that thriving civilizations once existed on huge islands that have since sunk beneath the sea.

  • 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.

  • Animals of Central Brazil

    Together with mention of the geographical work of the Roosevelt-Rondon South American expedition in exploring the “River of Doubt”

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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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Earth's earliest known forms of animal life were trailblazers.

“Vision” in single-celled Synechocystis works by principles similar to the human eye.

The fate of the Caspian seal may have been decided five million years ago.

Robber flies are top predators in the insect world.