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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.

  • 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.

  • Speed Bumps

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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What Are They Thinking?

Characteristic facial expressions, postures, and movements are the key to an understanding of animal psychology and the soul of animal art.

  • Insects as Food

    How They Have Augmented the Food Supply of Mankind in Early and Recent Times

  • Thornbug to Thornbug

    The inside story of insect song

  • Thunder in His Footsteps

    The ghost of the most gigantic animal that ever walked the earth is conjured to life when a lone fossil hunter tracks down the first true footprints left by this stupendous creature, and thrills to the romance of a great discovery.

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Ignacius graybullianus

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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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.

Across the Pacific Ocean, plastics, plastics, everywhere