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Extinct species of giant amphibians discovered in Greenland

A 210 million years old skull found in East Greenland tells a story of a gigantic salamander-like amphibian sporting a set of large fangs.

How fake larvae revealed predator patterns around the world

Scientists released an army of fake insect larvae to investigate how predators attack their prey—the tropics officially win as the world’s “hardest place to survive.”

What makes an animal clever? Research shows that intelligence is not just about using tools

The list of animals that use tools keeps growing, from chimps to birds and even octopuses. So is it time that we abandoned "tool use" as a measure of intelligence among species?

Why do these birds throw themselves off cliffs?

The Arctic murre has a curious habit of flinging themselves out of the nest before it is old enough to fly. Now scientists know why.

Scientists have worked out how dung beetles use the Milky Way to hold their course

Scientists constructed an artificial Milky Way, using LEDs, to test the beetles’ abilities to navigate. It turned out that the beetles rely on the contrasting brightness between different parts of the Milky Way to work out which way to go.

Hear a whale calf speak to its mother

Scientists have recorded conversations between mother humpback whales and their calves for the first time. The recording shows how young whales “whisper” to their mothers so that potential predators cannot hear them.

World’s oldest fossil plants could rewrite life's early history

Scientists have discovered the fossilised remains of 1.6 billion year-old red algae from India. Advanced multicellular life began much earlier that previously thought and the timing of the tree of life should be revised, they say.

Meet ‘Mojn’, the ten million-year-old Danish whale

Scientists publish first scientific description of a ten-million-year-old fossil of a beaked whale discovered in Denmark.

Elephant seals help scientists study climate change

Data collected by elephant seals reveal key chemical changes in the sea around Antarctica that drive ocean circulation and climate.

World’s oldest vertebrate discovered in Greenland

GREENLAND: The discovery of a 512-year-old Greenland Shark shows how little we still know about the ocean, say scientists.

What will our climate look like in 2050?

Knowing that we have the power to influence global climate is enormously important when trying to imagine what our climate might look like in 2050. To a large degree, it will depend on actions our leaders take now and in the immediate future.