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Image of the Day
The New Species of 2017
Jef Akst | Dec 27, 2017
A sampling of some of the fascinating critters identified by scientists this year
Photos of the Year
Katarina Zimmer | Dec 24, 2017
From a plastic-munching coral to see-through frogs, here are
’s favorite images from 2017.
Image of the Day: Moth Resurrection
Staff | Dec 18, 2017
Entomologists have rediscovered a species of moth that was considered lost for 130 years.
Image of the Day: Lonesome Clam
Staff | Dec 12, 2017
Researchers have undertaken a comprehensive study on the status of giant clams across the world.
Human Species May Be Much Older Than Previously Thought
Shawna Williams | Sep 29, 2017
From DNA evidence, researchers estimate the split from other species took place between 260,000 and 350,000 years ago.
Largest and Smallest Animals at Highest Risk of Extinction, Study Finds
Ashley P. Taylor | Sep 19, 2017
Researchers recommend greater conservation efforts toward non-mammals and small creatures.
Neanderthal-Human Interbreeding Got an Early Start
Shawna Williams | Jul 5, 2017
Mitochondrial DNA in Neanderthal bone suggests humans first left Africa earlier than previously thought.
Opinion: Birds of a Feather?
Geoffrey E. Hill | Mar 10, 2017
Taking into account the interaction of nuclear and mitochondrial genes in birds holds the promise of more objectively defining what constitutes a species.
Earth: Home to 1 Trillion Microbial Species
Catherine Offord | May 4, 2016
A new analysis of microbial data estimates that the world is home to 1 trillion species—of which only 0.001 percent have been discovered.
New Species Galore
Jef Akst | Dec 27, 2014
A look back at the latest microbes, plants, and animals to have secured a spot in science’s known tree of life in 2014