People discovered prehistoric fossils long before Charles Darwin published "On the Origin of Species." The remains of these unknown creatures often puzzled their discoverers.
Experimental archaeology is the practice of recreating past events using knowledge and tools available at the time. Sometimes, it involves elephants.
Bloodcurdling war cries, shrieking elephants, and whistling arrows all made soldiers flee in terror.
De-extinction, if it is ever possible, will not be simple.
The next time you see your dog sniffing the pavement or another dog’s junk, you should let them. Here’s why.
Tusks suddenly became a liability, even though in natural circumstances, tusks are very useful.
To the ancient Greeks, exotic animals were proof of mythological creatures. To the ancient Romans, they were oddities and adversaries.
There were at least eight other human species, some of whom existed for far longer than we have. Who were they?
A famous explorer's doomed ship is finally found 107 years after it was lost to the Antarctic deep.
Rock art in northern Australia depicts marsupial lions, giant kangaroos, and other megafauna that populated the Land Down Under long ago.
That's as fast as a bullet train in Japan.
Modern robotics are creating a kind of cultural paradox, where the best religion is the one that eventually involves no humans at all.
Elephants mourn the dead, dolphins give names to each other, and insects can recognize faces. The animal world is much smarter than we think.
Humanity is never fully in control of its creations. This lesson from Mary Shelley has remained relevant for over 200 years.
“I watched closely for the sun or stars to appear, to correct my chronometer, on the accuracy of which our lives and the success of the journey would depend.”
Without even realizing it, we’ve actually become pretty god-like in our powers.
The Black, Caspian, and Aral Seas are the last surviving fragments of a body of water that stretched from Austria to Turkmenistan.
Mary Toft staged an elaborate hoax, but the pain was real.
"This fourth wave will be worse than it’s ever been before."
Mammals have a history stretching back 325 million years. To study that ancient history is to know our own origins.
In scientific theories, the Multiverse appears as a bug rather than as a feature. We should squash it.
There are many things in life that cannot be improved with greater effort. Sometimes, life requires that you step back.
Many animals engage in “zoopharmacognosy” or self-medication.
Ideas often taken for granted in the United States and Europe about what it means to be a person are, quite simply, not shared with other cultures.
The media sells bad news, but scientific evidence shows that we are making progress toward a greener planet.