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Life on the Edge

Peaks protected fifty years ago by the Wilderness Act no longer keep mountain goats safe from human impact.

The Sunland Grizzly

By the 1920s, California had lost all of its grizzly bears—once considered a distinct species and an emblem of the state.

Death by Affluence?

Preconceptions skew our view of the biggest killer in the developed world, atherosclerosis.

Trash Revisited

Across the Pacific Ocean, plastics, plastics, everywhere

The Social Lives of Hermits

After terrestrial hermit crabs remodel snail shells, the superior homes become fiercely contested among later generations.

  • Life on the Edge

    Peaks protected fifty years ago by the Wilderness Act no longer keep mountain goats safe from human impact.

  • The Sunland Grizzly

    By the 1920s, California had lost all of its grizzly bears—once considered a distinct species and an emblem of the state.

  • Death by Affluence?

    Preconceptions skew our view of the biggest killer in the developed world, atherosclerosis.

  • Trash Revisited

    Across the Pacific Ocean, plastics, plastics, everywhere

  • The Social Lives of Hermits

    After terrestrial hermit crabs remodel snail shells, the superior homes become fiercely contested among later generations.

Samplings

Dropping the Bomb on Poaching

Radiocarbon dating of elephant tusks can help identify illegal ivory. 

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shark fin

Sharks in Our Midst

Their cultural history, prehistory, social systems, and more.

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  • Voracious Evolution

    Discoveries of more complete remains of cartilagenous fishes have shed new light on the prehistory of sharks and their relatives.

  • Sociable Killers

    New studies of the white shark (aka great white) show that its social life and hunting strategies are complex

  • Sharks: Man-Eaters and Others

    With suggestions that Americans turn to economic account some of the smaller species of the Atlantic Coast

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54-Million-Year-Old Skull Reveals Surprises about Early Evolution of Primate Brains

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  • Rad Toys

    Science toys you can build or buy for you and the other kids in your life.

  • Best Things in Life

    Where to find Natural History archives and other free stuff

  • The Third R

    With the spotlight on ’rithmetic, there are now free online sites where you can practice your math skills.

  • Pain in the Knee

    Alternatives to surgery for treating joint pain from arthritis

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Peaks protected fifty years ago by the Wilderness Act no longer keep mountain goats safe from human impact.

By the 1920s, California had lost all of its grizzly bears—once considered a distinct species and an emblem of the state.

Preconceptions skew our view of the biggest killer in the developed world, atherosclerosis.