Many giant mammals in the Americas have died out but it has been hard to say whether humans or natural events were responsible. Now, in the Caribbean at least, we know
The planet is still warming inexorably, with 2017 set to be one of the three hottest years on record, but a major programme of tree-planting could help cool the world
In attempting to recreate the conditions of Earth circa billions of years ago, a research team may have uncovered a key "missing link" in our knowledge of the origin of life on Earth...
A beluga whale living in captivity with a pod of bottlenose dolphins learned to communicate using their unique "language" or sounds. Detailed in a new study published in the journal Animal Cognition, the extraordinary inter-species...
Mary Halton reflects on how books on forecasting, rock-reading and the grisly world of Victorian medicine highlight how we have always relied on those in the know
You may not notice their good work, but small snail-like creatures known as limpets are performing an invaluable ecological service by eating and eating and eating...
A newly-discovered species of mite sets up home on a spider’s web and nibbles away at any insects the spider catches – and the spider doesn’t seem to mind
The wolf, an animal that has served as a symbol of Rome since ancient times, has returned to the historic Italian city for the first time in a century...
Strong currents in the Red Sea are sweeping huge masses of larvae-rich sea water from one reef to the next
British Columbia is facing its worst documented wildfire season in almost 60 years – Mika McKinnon went to the city of Kamloops to find out why
Life will find a way, even if that way is winding and submerged under layers of organic matter and water. According to a recent study by a scientific team at University College London, uncovering hidden habitats buried under...
The survival of ancient and unique species thriving in mountain lakes in central Italy have been threatened by a double whammy of a quake and climate change
Thousands of wildebeest drown as they cross the Mara river in Kenya on their yearly migration – creating a boon for the river’s ecosystem
The reef’s central portion is bleaching fast this year, following huge losses in the northern part last year – and climate change is the culprit
The discovery that the Krebs cycle, which is essential for life, can occur in the absence of enzymes suggests that life’s origins were surprisingly humble
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