Beauty Happens

DARWIN’S THEORY THAT MATE CHOICE IS EXPLICITLY AESTHETIC WAS A REALLY DANGEROUS IDEA.

Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral?

The idea of creating a “Tree of Minerals” seemed contrived, until recently.

Outport Life

Newfoundlanders use whatever means available to hold fast to their cherished land.

Sex Lives of Fish

Fish conduct elaborate courtship rituals and some develop lifelong bonds.

Cultural Diplomacy

A choreographer expresses the contemporary paradox of being a woman, Muslim, North African, Arab, and artist.

No Way Out

The fate of the Caspian seal may have been decided five million years ago.

Aerial Assassins

Robber flies are top predators in the insect world.

The Naming of Parts

A visual atlas of solifuge jaws enables research on these poorly-understood arachnids.

Signs of Intelligent Life

Pigs possess complex ethological traits similar to dogs and chimpanzees.

Long in the Tooth

Striations in teeth reveal the pace of life.

Fate of the Crocker Land Expedition

One hundred years ago, the search began for a mysterious Arctic territory.

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DARWIN’S THEORY THAT MATE CHOICE IS EXPLICITLY AESTHETIC WAS A REALLY DANGEROUS IDEA.

Adaptive Aesthetics

The idea of creating a “Tree of Minerals” seemed contrived, until recently.