Monkeys become more relaxed if they simply watch one monkey grooming another
More than twenty years after it was first discovered, an analysis of a remarkable skeleton discovered in South Africa has finally been published – and the specimen suggests we may need to add an new species to the family tree of early human ancestors.
A jumping spider from Asia suckles its young with milk, just like a human mother. The suckling behaviour seems to be unique outside of mammals, but milk is much more common than you might think
Stone Age Europeans may have deliberately amputated their fingers during religious ceremonies. The controversial idea could explain why so many of the prehistoric images of hands on cave walls are missing fingers.
So much news about climate change has come out in the last few weeks, it is hard to keep track of it all. Here is a summary of all the new findings and what they mean.
A study of our DNA supposedly shows that the human population fell to just two between 100,000 and 200,000 years ago, echoing the story of Adam and Eve, but the evidence doesn't support anything of the sort
Tsunamis can keep pummelling the same patch of coast for days at a time if conditions are right. The finding means the initial big wave may not be the only source of danger, and authorities might need to rethink their evacuation responses following a tsunami alert
Two new genetic studies reveal DNA changes that took hold within the last few thousand years, suggesting that modern lifestyles have recently shaped our evolution – and are probably still doing so
Say goodbye to 20-kilogram whoppers because Atlantic salmon are abandoning large body sizes at the genetic level, in a dramatic instance of evolution causing rapid change
Researchers have built model cells out of nothing but simple proteins, and those cells can host some of the crucial processes of life
Many people experience "ASMR", a relaxing sensation often triggered by gentle, whispering videos. We are finally working out what it is and that it can be good for you
About 11 million years ago, monkeys somehow crossed the sea from South America to the island of Jamaica in the Caribbean. There they evolved into a new species that was unlike any other known monkey
The oldest known figurative cave art has just been identified in a cave on Borneo, but simpler forms of art can be found far further back into prehistory - even from a time before our species existed
If we ever get desperate enough to try artificially cooling the planet to slow global warming, we might want to think about modifying cirrus clouds