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The Mate Selection Trapdoor

Tracing the evolution of hidden sexual preferences.

Why Females Decide What’s Beautiful

Uncovering the nature of sexual selection.

Why Hasn’t Evolution Made Another Platypus?

The debate over whether evolution is predictable or haphazard.

Survival of the Friendliest

It’s time to give the violent metaphors of evolution a break.

When Pseudosex Is Better Than the Real Thing

What we can learn about evolution from species who thrive without sexual reproduction.

The Martians Are Coming—and They’re Human

How settling Mars could create a new human species.

The Fly in the Primordial Soup

Hydrothermal vent models transform the origins of life from unlikely to near-inevitable.

What Good Is Grandma?

The growing role of grandparents in raising children is right in line with human biology.

The Classic Metal Behind the Origins of Life

A collection of metal atoms called the “metallome” helped drive evolution.

When Evolution Is Infectious

How “probiotic epidemics” help wildlife—and us—survive.