History

  • Dog days in prehistoric Europe

    Remains suggest wild hunting dogs arrived in Europe more than 1.7 million years ago.

    Scientists have unearthed the earliest evidence of wild hunting dogs in Europe, from more than 1.7 million years ago ...

    Evolution July 30, 2021
  • In search of the oldest animal

    Sponge-like fossil found in ancient reef might be the earliest evidence of animal life.

    In the latest instalment in the quest to find our oldest animal ancestor, a Canadian geologist has unearthed a sponge...

    Evolution July 29, 2021
  • How a 310-million-year-old brain works

    Well-preserved horseshoe-crab brain fills gaps in evolutionary knowledge.

    While hard appendages like bone and shell can be preserved as fossils for millions of years, palaeontology’s enduring...

    Biology July 27, 2021
  • What you may have missed…

    Baby pterosaurs soaring, Venusian weather, crafty crows and more – here’s what went on in last we...

    Baby pterosaurs fly the nest Infant pterosaurs may have taken to the air as soon as they cracked out of the egg, a...

    Birds July 26, 2021
  • Alice Hamilton hates heavy metal

    This medical pioneer deplored the devastating effects of leaded petrol when it was first introduc...

    In the early 1920s, scientists from a wide range of disciplines were involved in what the United States Environmental...

    Features July 25, 2021
  • Behind the scenes: new national park offers an exclusive window into life at the dawn of time

    Remarkable fossils that date back to the earliest days of complex life on Earth are finally in pu...

    This article first appeared in Cosmos Weekly on 16 July 2021. For more stories like this, subscribe to Cosmos Weekly....

    Australia July 23, 2021
  • Age of water

    When you’re drinking a cool glass of water, have you ever wondered how old it is? Age dating wate...

    Australia is an ancient country, geologically speaking, and its groundwater aquifers reflect this: water in the Murra...

    Earth July 23, 2021
  • Hermann Rorschach spills the ink

    What do you see when you look at this image?

    Splash red wine on a white tablecloth and, along with receiving a scolding, you might also be invited to partake in a...

    Behaviour July 18, 2021
  • Behind the scenes: new national park offers an exclusive window into life at the dawn of time

    Remarkable fossils that date back to the earliest days of complex life on Earth are finally in pu...

    There’s a place where you can get a glimpse of the world as it was when animals were first becoming animals, and it h...

    Australia July 16, 2021
  • Oldest ever methane-cycling microfossils discovered

    The three billion-year-old fossils offer hints about life on Mars.

    Optical microscope image of the filamentous microfossils. Credit: B. Cavalazzi Image of the locality of the study ...

    History July 15, 2021
  • Ancient human body size linked to climate change

    Temperature may have driven fluctuating body sizes across human history.

    The average body size of humans over the past million years is strongly linked to temperature, according to an intern...

    Archaeology July 8, 2021
  • John McAfee cures a virus

    Antivirus software pioneer dies by his own hand in a Spanish prison.

    John McAfee, a pioneer in the development of antivirus computer software, died on 23 June 2021. News reports say the ...

    Computing July 4, 2021
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