Michael Marshall

Michael Marshall

I'm a science journalist.

I'm the deputy editor of BBC Earth. Previously environment news editor for New Scientist. I mostly write about life sciences and the environment

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BBC

The secret of how life on Earth began

The answer to one of the biggest questions of all

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BBC

Why bother saving endangered species?

It will cost billions of dollars. Is there anything in it for us?

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BBC

The 25 biggest turning points in Earth's history

From leaps forward in evolution to devastating asteroid impacts, these were the milestones that shaped our world

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BBC

Earth probably has more than one moon a lot of the time

We all know about the Moon, but not the other one

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BBC

Why the New Horizons flyby of Pluto is so amazing

We are all gazing at an entirely new world

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BBC

The event that transformed Earth

More than 2 billion years ago, Earth suddenly became more habitable. But why?

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BBC

Arabia was once a lush paradise of grass and woodlands

Nowadays Arabia is a fierce desert, but it was once densely vegetated, and could have been a home to the first humans that left Africa

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BBC

The biggest flies in the world

Two obscure groups of tropical flies are the giants of the fly world

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BBC

Coconut crabs are the biggest arthropods living on land

Meet the coconut crab: a land crab so big and powerful, it can break open coconuts with its pincers, and even hunt rats

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BBC

Microscopic vampire amoebas are swarming ...

Single-celled bloodsuckers called vampyrellids creep through the soil beneath your feet

Denisovans article
New Scientist

Denisovans: The lost humans who shared our world

They lived on the planet with us for most of our history, yet until six years ago we didn't know they existed. Meet the species rewriting human evolution

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BBC

Eight ugly animals we should save anyway

It’s not just beautiful lions and gorillas that are threatened. These less glamorous animals need our help too

Brain article
New Scientist

Cerebellum's growth spurt turned monkeys into humans

As the first apes evolved into chimps and humans, it seems the cerebellum grew faster than the rest of the brain, giving us uniquely human traits and skills

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New Scientist

Seven megaprojects that would change the world

We've built canals between oceans and tunnels under the sea. But some engineers are thinking bigger. Much, much bigger

Bulldogant article
New Scientist

Zoologger: Ants fight dirty in turf war with spiders

In the forests of eastern Australia, a squadron of social spiders faces off against an army of the world's most dangerous ants in a pitched battle for survival