Michael Marshall

Michael Marshall

Freelance science journalist

Previously acting editor of BBC Earth, environment news editor for New Scientist. I mostly write about life sciences and the environment

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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

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

Bombardment article
New Scientist

Earth's early life endured long asteroid bombardment

Massive asteroids may have pounded Earth for a billion years longer than we thought – with early life forms suffering periodic melting of the surface

Greenland article
New Scientist

Ice sheets may have already passed point of no return

Greenland had an ice sheet 400,000 years ago – then lost it when Earth was only a little warmer than it is today. Get ready for a repeat performance

Cockatoo article
New Scientist

Zoologger: Cockatoos learn to make and use a tool

After a lone Goffin cockatoo figured out how to make and use a simple tool, others have learned the same trick by watching him

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New Scientist

Oxygen oasis for early life found in ancient rock

A 2.8-billion-year-old rock has revealed the first evidence of the isolated pockets where oxygen-breathing life may have evolved

Moose article
New Scientist

Zoologger: Moose dribble turns off grass's toxic defences

The grasses that moose eat contain fungi that make powerful toxins, but the animals' saliva somehow turns off this defence response

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New Scientist

Zoologger: The secret hop of the Californian flea seed

Say hello to the California jumping gall wasp – its larvae just love hopping all over the place

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New Scientist

Bacterial suspects identified in Caribbean coral deaths

White band disease has devastated the reef-building corals of the Caribbean since the 1970s. We may finally know which bacteria are responsible

Zoologger ant article
New Scientist

Zoologger: Hero ant jumps off cliff to eject invaders

Workers of Malagidris sofina wrestle with invading ants, drag them to the entrance, and throw themselves and the intruder off a cliff

Stringio article
New Scientist

Zoologger: Gender-bending cave insects found in Brazil

Newly discovered insects called Neotrogla are anatomically reversed: males have a vagina and the females a penis

Climate article
New Scientist

A second chance to save the climate

The latest data on the climate suggests it will warm slightly less, and more slowly, than expected – giving us a chance to avoid the worst effects

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New Scientist

Oldest human genome dug up in Spain's pit of bones

A 400,000-year-old genome from ancient human bone could herald a missing link species – taking us closer than ever to our common ancestor with Neanderthals