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Digging Through the World’s Oldest Graveyard

In Ethiopia, paleontologists are pushing back the clock on humanity’s origins.

The Greatest Animal War

Competition in Cambrian seas helped cause an explosion in diversity.

The Unique Merger That Made You (and Ewe, and Yew)

All sophisticated life on the planet Earth may owe its existence to one freakish event.

Why Your Cat Doesn’t Have a Sweet Tooth

Moles don’t see, whales can’t smell, and snakes can’t hear a thing.

When We Were Fish

Paleontologist Neil Shubin explains how he charts evolution in the human body.

James Doty’s Helper’s High

He gave away his last $30 million and felt free—a case study in altruism.

The Unique Merger That Made You (and Ewe, and Yew)

All sophisticated life on the planet Earth may owe its existence to one freakish event.

Evolution, You’re Drunk

DNA studies topple the ladder of complexity.

Evolution in a Finite World

Why is sexual reproduction so common in nature?