To Kill a Cormorant

Are double-crested cormorants overrunning their niche—or recovering from centuries of suppression?

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Bodies in Sync

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

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A Long Drink of Water

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

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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.

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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.

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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?

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Deep Trouble

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

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