Enjoy being alive? Thank these fossilized shrooms.
A paleontologist walks us through the details of the case.
Keeping everything outside the body seems like a strange choice.
Our history is complicated. Our pre-history, even more so.
See how the country stacked up in a recent National Science Foundation quiz.
Geologists are analyzing ancient clues to tell our origin story.
These possible Homo sapiens help confirm humanity's history.
1.6 billion years of flora
The new fossil is intriguing, but paleontologists have better ways of judging a dinosaur's smarts
Homo naledi had small brains but human-like traits, upending the fossil record
How a mild-mannered children's celebrity plans to save science in America—or go down swinging.
Sadly, Adam and Eve probably didn't date each other.
It's a fact of the archaeological record: Modern humans survived and Neanderthals did not. Why? And what does it teach us about our own survival?
If only they had developed monkey boats. Tiny little monkey boats! Oh man I wish they had monkey boats.
The caveman diet, barefoot running, co-sleeping: We spend an awful lot of time trying to live like our ancestors. Here's why that logic is wrong.
How we covered the Scopes Monkey Trial, the discovery of Java Man, the Piltdown Man hoax, and milestones in the history of evolutionary theory
Now that “Ida” is a star, a look at some other famously transitional stars of the fossil record
A spectacularly preserved fossil monkey makes its debut as a branded media event, while some scientists wonder what all the hype's about
Fossils and molecular genetics are just some of the tools researchers have used to answer questions about the history of the human species
These mysterious creatures exist today more or less unevolved from the forms they had hundreds of millions of years ago
The debates—and diagnoses—of the tiny Flores fossils rage on.