The world’s first animals also caused the first global warming event — but it took 100 million years

There’s a metaphor here, and an important lesson for ourselves.

One genetic change 3 million years ago made our brains big — and won us the world

I’m not complaining.

Earth’s first giant predators produced killer babies

If the adults weren’t scary enough, the babies were also killing machines.

Early baleen whales were fearsome predators with wicked teeth, but lost them entirely

Baleen, one surprising fossil suggests, evolved from gums rather than teeth.

Mass extinctions don’t come out of the blue — and we’re seeing some of the signs today

An incoming mass extinction isn’t as hard to spot as we’d believed.

Darwin’s “advertising” — the magnificent biological art of Ernst Haeckel

You might have not heard his name, but you should have.

Saddle up: New evidence forces us to rethink what we know about horse history

Instead of the domesticated horses deriving from today’s wild horses, it’s the other way around.

Debunking some misconceptions about evolution

Sometimes, it’s good to remember that even evolution doesn’t want you to be perfect. Good enough is just fine.

Plants colonized the land 500 million years ago — much earlier than we thought

Plants might have moved on to the land 100 million years earlier than we thought.

Primitive ‘walking’ fish can teach us how the first land animals evolved

An amazing ‘living fossil’ suggests ancient marine life evolved the software for walking before the hardware.

People who don’t understand evolution are much more likely to reject it

Well here’s a shocker.

Amazing fossil shows that Earth’s earliest birds evolved just like Darwin’s finches

These proto-birds may have evolved just like their modern relatives.

Humans got a brain upgrade less than 200,000 years ago, and it made us what we are today

The brain changes and the skull follows.

Different species can emerge in only two generations, new study reveals

It’s the equivalent of your grandkids being a new species. Pretty crazy.

Humans got taller, then bulkier in ‘bursts’ during our evolution

Growing strong!

Fossilized ancient lizard shows how dinos evolved to live in the oceans

Life’s always greener on the other side. Even if that’s the ocean.

Newly described genus hints at the evolutionary roots of the giraffe

Long neck, long history.

Aliens could be more like us than we think, say Oxford scientists

Natural selection fosters certain qualities so aliens shouldn’t look extremely different from humans.

Great tits are evolving, new study shows

I know what you were thinking about. Birds, they’re birds.

New York mice are actively evolving into a new species: city mice

Soon they’ll carry little smartphones around. I hope.