More Stories in Life

  1. a herd of horses running across grassland in Mongolia

    Scientists found modern domestic horses’ homeland in southwestern Russia

    Two genes tied to endurance and docility may help explain the horses’ success in spreading across Eurasia.

  2. A gecko standing on a mossy surface, with a yellowish snout and striped tail

    An agile gecko found in India named after the legendary Jackie Chan

    A hard-to-catch gecko species is named after martial artist Jackie Chan. Skin patterns, like one resembling a galaxy, inspire other newfound geckos’ names.

  3. four barnacles on the surface of a crab carapace

    Barnacles are famed for not budging. But one species roams its sea turtle hosts

    Once settled and glued to the substrate, adult barnacles stay put. But turtle barnacles upend this trend, sliding slowly across their reptilian rides.

  4. a jaguar swimming in water

    Huge numbers of fish-eating jaguars prowl Brazil’s wetlands

    Jaguars in the northern Pantanal ecosystem primarily feed on fish and caiman, living at densities previously unknown for the species.

  5. two Siberian sled dogs

    Dog DNA reveals ancient trade network connecting the Arctic to the outside world

    People in Siberia were exchanging canines and probably other goods as early as 7,000 years ago with cultures as far off as Europe and the Near East.

  6. close-up of the head of a black bird with a red beak

    How catching birds bare-handed may hint at Neandertals’ hunting tactics

    By pretending to be Neandertals, researchers show that the ancient hominids likely had the skills to easily hunt crowlike birds called choughs.

  7. an illustration of a giant ground sloth eating from a mammal carcass in front of a cave

    Giant ground sloths may have been meat-eating scavengers

    Contrary to previous assumptions, at least one ancient giant ground sloth was a meat eater.

  8. the bones of the famous skeleton Lucy arranged on a black background

    Radiometric dating puts pieces of the past in context. Here’s how

    Carbon dating and other techniques answer essential questions about human history, our planet and the solar system.

  9. illustration of several types of dinosaurs exploring a habitat with a lake and trees amid rain

    A volcano-induced rainy period made Earth’s climate dinosaur-friendly

    New physical evidence links eruptions 234 million to 232 million years ago to climate changes that let dinosaurs start their climb to dominance.