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These fossilized lamprey hatchlings disprove an age-old evolutionary theory
Lampreys were thought of as models of early vertebrate evolution, but new evidence suggests otherwise.
Your favorite brunch foods are thousands of years old
Ötzi the Iceman ate pancakes and bacon—and other fun facts from The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week.
A geomagnetic curveball 42,000 years ago changed our planet forever
The future is unpredictable—just ask the Neanderthals.
Neanderthal genes are still helping humans today
Anthropologists have found surprising traits in ancient DNA, including one that may trigger immunity against viruses.
This ancient fish-crocodile mashup snared its prey using a key adaptation
The skill could have made it easier for animals to move from water onto land.
How humans have adapted to the harshest environments
From the tallest peaks to the deepest seas, one medical researcher is studying communities on the edge of survival.
It’s a cosmic miracle that life on Earth’s lasted this long
Exactly how lucky did we get?
There’s a right and wrong way to be bored
The doldrums can be helpful when it comes to creativity, but chronic boredom isn’t so positive.
Dire wolves are actually ice age mega-foxes
Think less Winterfell, more massive red fox.
Why everything eventually becomes a crab
There’s some truth to the meme claiming that all crustaceans are evolving into crab-shaped beings.