Identifying Future Victims of Climate Change
Assessments of species vulnerability provide crucial information for conservation efforts. But the science behind them is still evolving.
Identifying Future Victims of Climate Change
Identifying Future Victims of Climate Change

Assessments of species vulnerability provide crucial information for conservation efforts. But the science behind them is still evolving.

Assessments of species vulnerability provide crucial information for conservation efforts. But the science behind them is still evolving.

extinction, evolution, cell & molecular biology
Infographic: Resurrecting Ancient Proteins
Infographic: Resurrecting Ancient Proteins
Amber Dance | Jul 1, 2018

Learn the basic steps researchers take when reconstructing proteins from the past and how these biomolecules can inform engineering projects.

Why Are Modern Humans Relatively Browless?
Why Are Modern Humans Relatively Browless?
Jim Daley | Jul 1, 2018
The function of early hominins’ enlarged brow ridges, and their reduction in size in Homo sapiens, have puzzled paleoanthropologists for decades.
Amazonians Offer Clues to Human Childhood Development
Amazonians Offer Clues to Human Childhood Development
Shawna Williams | Jul 1, 2018
A study of Shuar children in Ecuador provides a window into how the human body responds to infection in the sorts of conditions that shaped our species’ evolution.
How to Calculate Mutation Rate for Evolutionary Biology
How to Calculate Mutation Rate for Evolutionary Biology
Amber Dance | Jul 1, 2018
Four ways to study mutation rate, a crucial statistic in studies of evolution
Overcoming the Challenges of Studying Endangered AnimalsOvercoming the Challenges of Studying Endangered Animals
Overcoming the Challenges of Studying Endangered Animals
Jim Daley | Jul 1, 2018
From the difficulty of tracking rare populations to the danger of poachers exploiting distribution data, the complications of studying endangered species require creative solutions from researchers.
Maiden Voyage, 1872–1876
Maiden Voyage, 1872–1876
Ashley Yeager | Jul 1, 2018
The Challenger expedition's data on ocean temperatures and currents, seawater chemistry, life in the deep sea, and the geology of the seafloor spurred the rise of modern oceanography.
Nick Pyenson Reconstructs Bygone Whale Populations Using Fossils
Nick Pyenson Reconstructs Bygone Whale Populations Using Fossils
Jim Daley | Jul 1, 2018

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History paleobiologist also studies the evolution of echolocation and special sensory structures in modern whales.

Infographic: How to Predict If a Species Is At Risk
Infographic: How to Predict If a Species Is At Risk
Catherine Offord | Jul 1, 2018
To calculate the likelihood that organisms will be harmed by climate change, researchers estimate their exposure, sensitivity, and ability to adapt to new conditions.
Primer: Acoustics and Physiology of Human Speech
Primer: Acoustics and Physiology of Human Speech
Philip Lieberman | Jul 1, 2018
People have a unique anatomy that supports our ability to produce complex language.