Ancient DNA reveals two previously unknown migrations into South America

We’re beginning to understand who were the first Americans in greater detail.

Where crows go in the winter — and other stories about migration

We see them ever so often, but there’s so much still shrouded in mystery.

The story of human dispersal out of Africa started 60,000 years earlier than previously thought

The history of mankind’s humble beginnings has been rewritten.

Death of a dynasty: west North America lost over 95% of its monarch butterflies in 35 years

One of the continent’s most dazzling displays dies with them.

Found: oldest settlement in North America, confirms local tribe history

The ancient stories held some truth after all.

First humans might have arrived in North America 10,000 years earlier during the Last Glacial Maximum

A new study seems to suggest that an old but controversial hypothesis may be true. Humans might have first arrived in North America 24,000 years ago.

Interactive map shows which paths animals need to take to flee climate change

Visualizing the impending migration of birds, amphibians, and mammals.

Did the earliest Americans walk on ice or cross on water? New study sparks debate

How did people get to America, and when? A new, ‘pioneering and neat’ study may have some answers.

These migrating birds fly non-stop for six months

A truly amazing animal.

Challenging the “Out of Africa” theory, one tooth at a time

Recent fossils unearthed in the Chinese province of Daoxian come to unravel the story of humanity’s spread as we know it today. The find consists of 47 teeth, belonging to modern humans, but what’s really important is their age – they have been dated to 80,000 years ago. This number doesn’t fit with the “Out of Africa” migration theory, holding that humans originate and have spread from the horn of the continent all around the world. The theory as we know it can’t explain human presence in the area for another 20,000 years.

Maps that explain today’s major migration routes

Syrian refugees are making headlines all over the world, but while their story is worth covering, there are millions other refugees in Asia, Central America or Africa that are in the same boat. According to the U.N., 59.5 million people were displaced due to “persecution, conflict, generalized violence, or human rights violations” in 2014 or 8.3 million more than the year before. To escape persecution, refugees take hidden routes out of their own country which are often controlled by smugglers and can be extremely dangerous to cross. Everybody was heartbroken to learn about the story of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, who was found washed ashore in Turkey, but few know that 2,900 other people died drowned or asphyxiated on their way to a safe haven this year alone. National geographic just released five great maps that explain the global forced migration patterns

Innovation 101 – migratory study offers insight into how humans develop new technology and ideas

The human inovation process is more of a slow, steady climb than a sum of great leaps, a new University of Reading study shows. Our minds tend to innovate by adding small improvements through trial and error report the scientists, who studied one of the most important cultural events in human history – the migration of the Bantu-speaking farmers in Africa some 5,000 years ago. Mark Pagel, Professor of Evolutionary Biology at the University, led the study.

The first Americans came from Russia’s frozen expanse, Siberia, some 23,000 years ago

The first humans to reach the Americas came from Siberia in a single group some 23,000 years ago, at the height of the last Ice Age, says the new study. On their way to Alaska, they hanged around in the northern regions for a few thousands of years before moving deeper into North and South America.

Isotopes inside salmon ear tell a fishy story

According to a new study, just like tree rings carry with them hints about previous dry or rainy years, bones in fish carry with them a specific signature which records the chemical composition of the waters they used to live in. Most vertebrates, especially fish, have what is called an ‘otolith’ – a specific bony structure inside the inner ear. The

Awesome tiny birds cross the Atlantic in one go without stopping

More than half a century in question, scientists now confirm that the tiny blackpoll warbler flies nonstop over the North Atlantic Ocean each autumn from New England to South America. The trip takes three days, during which the bird foregoes any rest, sleep or meal. It also absorbs its own intestines.

Weird cloud picked up on radar was actually Monarch Butterflies

Radars picked up a “strange cloud” with a bizarre shape above the US Midwest. Upon a closer look, it was revealed that the cloud was actually monarch butterflies traveling from Canada to Mexico – an iconic migration which has been less and less visible in recent years, but may make a resurgence in 2014. Monarch butterflies are the most iconic butterfly

Puffins in trouble as numbers dwindle

Where do birds go in the winter? That’s a question many of us asked, as kids. Well puffins are currently suffering from an increase in winter mortality, which is probably caused by the worsening of conditions in the North Sea. Using geolocation technology, this study tracked puffins and found that the population decreased by 30% in the last years. The

120 million crabs hit the streets

Every year, around this time of year, more than 100 million determined crabs take to the streets in a massive attempt to get to their spawning grounds as soon as possible; as a result, they literally flood the streets in Christmas island, covering the streets and forcing rangers to divert traffic and use some quite creative methods of protecting the