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The Story of Gosling Sandhill

A true but unlikely tale

Story and Photographs by William Rowan

The Eugenics Movement in Retrospect

Despite warnings by biologists and geneticists, eminent individuals and venerable institutions helped promote a false theory that led to sterilizations and genocide.

Civilizing Social Media

Strategies for depolarizing political discourse

Enslavement and the Environment

A case study: eighteenth-century Dominica

The Evolving Narrative of How Everything Began

To understand the origins of our universe, we must be prepared to undertake a risky journey.

  • The Story of Gosling Sandhill

    A true but unlikely tale

    Story and Photographs by William Rowan

  • The Eugenics Movement in Retrospect

    Despite warnings by biologists and geneticists, eminent individuals and venerable institutions helped promote a false theory that led to sterilizations and genocide.

  • Civilizing Social Media

    Strategies for depolarizing political discourse

  • Enslavement and the Environment

    A case study: eighteenth-century Dominica

  • The Evolving Narrative of How Everything Began

    To understand the origins of our universe, we must be prepared to undertake a risky journey.

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Dark ocean scene with diver in background and reddish stuff in foreground

Oxygenation Stutter Steps

Increasing day length on the early Earth boosted oxygen released by photosynthetic cyanobacteria.

  • Wallacea Woman

    Genomic evidence shows that Denisovans and modern humans may have overlapped in Wallacea.

  • Congo Rainmaker

    Evapotranspiration is the largest source of water vapor in the Congo rainforest during the spring rainy season.

  • A Dragon Tale

    Pterosaur with 1-meter-long skull was Australia's largest known flying reptile.

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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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Thomas Jefferson, c.1821

Thomas Jefferson’s Contributions to Natural History

His effort sent out the Lewis and Clark exploring party into the unknown West.

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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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A true but unlikely tale

Story and Photographs by William Rowan

Increasing day length on the early Earth boosted oxygen released by photosynthetic cyanobacteria.

Genomic evidence shows that Denisovans and modern humans may have overlapped in Wallacea.

Evapotranspiration is the largest source of water vapor in the Congo rainforest during the spring rainy season.