Sarah Fecht
at 10:03 AM Jan 31 2017
Nature // 

In a paper in Nature, scientists claim to have found humanity's oldest known ancestor. This horrifying, bag-like sea creature lived about 540 million years ago and was recently dug up in China.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 10:50 AM Jan 27 2017
Nature // 

Just as there is nothing better than biting into a raw, ripe tomato picked from the heirloom plant in your backyard, there is nothing worse than the mealy, watery, flavorless slice of tomato that so many people settle for everyday on sandwiches around the world.

Sara Chodosh
at 10:50 AM Jan 27 2017
Nature // 

It's wasps all the way down. No, scratch that—it's parasitic wasps all the way down. It's manipulative parasitic wasps all the way down.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 09:44 AM Jan 25 2017
Nature // 

There's a new crab in town, and it's no muggle. A paper published Monday in ZooKeys described the recently identified crab Harryplax severus, named after two Harry Potter characters.

Sarah Fecht
at 09:44 AM Jan 25 2017
Nature // 

Caspian tigers once roamed all over Central Asia, ranging from modern day Turkey to northwestern China. The huge cats stalked through tall reeds and shrubbery, hunting boar and deer. But in the first half of the 1900s, hunting and poisoning decimated the subspecies, and the Soviet Union's agriculture projects drained the tiger's swampy terrain to grow cotton and other crops. Disappearing habitats and food sources had wiped the Caspian tiger off the map by the 1950s.

Sara Chodosh
at 10:52 AM Jan 13 2017
Nature // 

We like to think that human speech is special. It defines our species and separates us from those animals that we'd rather think of as inferior. The trouble is that it's difficult to know when and how human speech arose because “language expressed via speech leaves no fossils behind.”

Mary Beth Griggs
at 10:52 AM Jan 13 2017
Nature // 

California is usually drenched with sunlight. But this week, it's just drenched. A series of storms have pummeled the state, dropping staggering quantities of rain and snow—leading to flooding, mudslides, and a whole lot of water pouring into reservoirs that were just about dried out. But is it enough to end the state's persistent drought?

 
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