snakes

A Long Drink of Water

For thirsty sea snakes, the ocean can be a desert.

tiger

Far from the Forests of the Night

Tigers and other “exotics” have become hefty commodities in the U.S.

Meet the Alloparents

Shared child care may be the secret of human evolutionary success.

Seeing Corals with the Eye of Reason

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

mekong river boat

Sold Down the River

Freshwater habitats around the world are becoming less and less hospitable to wildlife

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.

dark matter

Dark Matter

Most of the matter in the universe is neither bound up in stars or planets nor dispersed in clouds of "ordinary" particles. But what is it made of?

blue hake

Deep Trouble

Adaptations to deepwater living make the fishes of the deep sea particularly vulnerable to overfishing.

Mirror Neurons

Mental Mirrors

Special cells in the brain mimic the actions and intentions of others, forming the basis of empathy and social connections.

Vaquita Mother and Calf

How Now, Little Cow?

The vaquita, the world's smallest porpoise, lives only in the northern Gulf of California. With just 200 individuals remaining, can the species survive?

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