The rapid spread of flowering plants across the planet was, according to Charles Darwin, an “abominable mystery” — and researchers say they now know how it happened.
A top-to-bottom "BioBlitz" survey uncovered likely new species, including a ghost scorpion, iridescent fly, bacterium, and multiple water bears.
The ancestors of butterflies and moths lived at least 200 million years ago, suggesting that they survived at least two mass extinctions.
A study of Anglo-Saxon cemeteries suggests two seemingly timeless truths: Some people reach advanced ages likely due to good genes and biological factors, and women tend to live longer than men.
Witch-labeling — accusing others of harmful supernatural abilities — has a long history and may share underlying causes with contemporary political attacks.
The newly sequenced genome of an Alaskan infant who lived just after the last Ice Age provides clues about the ancestry and migrations of early Native Americans.
For most people, bad breath is a temporary nuisance, but some individuals inherit a genetic mutation that causes halitosis.
Experiments with chimpanzees and 4 to 6-year-old children show that members of both groups will make a personal sacrifice to see antisocial behavior punished.
The traditional view of early-human dispersal is outdated as new research is revealing a much more complex picture of Homo sapiens.
Hunter-gatherers maintain storytelling traditions that predate organized religion, yet have a similar effect in helping to instill values among social groups.