Did modern humans appear in the world suddenly or was our species' origin a long, drawn out process?
July 23, 2012 | By Erin Wayman
At last, a new report spells out that the oil spill, along with a couple other coincidental but unfortunate circumstances, initiated the grissly dolphin deaths.
July 20, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
Neanderthal injuries are often compared to those of rodeo riders, but these cowboys may not be the best guide to our cousins' trauma
July 18, 2012 | By Erin Wayman
Rising ocean acidity is now considered to be just as much of a formidable threat to the health of Earth’s environment as the atmospheric climate changes
July 18, 2012 | By Kat J. McAlpine
Projectile points found in Oregon provide more evidence that people arrived in the New World before the Clovis culture
July 17, 2012 | By Erin Wayman
Lemurs are the most threatened group of vertebrates on the planet.
July 16, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
A decade ago, scientists unearthed what may be the oldest hominid ever found
July 16, 2012 | By Erin Wayman
Researchers came upon a wild snow leopard den in the Tost Mountains of Mongolia and captured a mother with cub on camera for the first time
July 13, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
Two New York City jewelers, caught with $2 million worth of illegal ivory, plead guilty to charges of commercializing wildlife.
July 13, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
Should we hunt down and kill man-eaters?
July 13, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
E. coli, the most common cause of urinary tract infections, has been growing resistant to antibiotics, and chickens may be to blame.
July 12, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
The king penguins appear to be habituated to the presence of humans, but a new study finds that even limited human contact may be negatively affecting them
July 11, 2012 | By Sarah Zielinski
Scientists demonstrate how animals view the world, and why their vision influences the way they look.
July 09, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
The forefathers of Homo floresiensis reached Flores either by sailing to the island or being accidently washed out to sea by a tsunami, scientists say
July 09, 2012 | By Erin Wayman
Australia didn't have mammoths or saber-toothed tigers, but there were giant marsupials, such as the bear-like wombat Diprotodon and the thylacine (a.k.a. the Tasmanian tiger)
July 09, 2012 | By Sarah Zielinski
A newly-discovered fossil raises the possibility that all dinosaur lineages were fuzzy.
July 05, 2012 | By Brian Switek
Scientists have found that bat species that hibernate in clusters are more likely to be struck by the dreaded disease and may be at risk of extinction
July 05, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
“A hot virus from the rainforest lives within a 24 hour plane flight from every city on earth,” Richard Preston wrote in The Hot Zone. It turns out, however, that the places most likely to usher in the next deadly outbreak are in fact the cities of the United States and Western Europe. At least [...]
July 05, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
“A baby is the beginning of something special – usually dinner.” For more of that preciousness, check out this NatGeo video on male Darwinian frogs, found in South America. Babies grow up in daddy’s vocal sack, and when they outgrow the parental homestead, they’re coughed up like so many amphibious hairballs. More from Smithsonian.com: Rare [...]
July 05, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
Argentina unveils a new dinosaur to celebrate the country's bicentennial.
July 03, 2012 | By Brian Switek