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Debunked: The Strange Tale of Pope Gregory and the Rabbits

Debunked: The Strange Tale of Pope Gregory and the Rabbits

A European rabbit. A new report debunked the long-held scientific tale that rabbits were domesticated in 600 A.D. because a pope declared their fetal meat to be like fish and therefore O.K. to eat during Lent.

The F.B.I. and the Mystery of the Mummy’s Head

The F.B.I. and the Mystery of the Mummy’s Head

This mummified, severed head was recovered from an ancient Egyptian tomb in 1915. Scientists needed to collect DNA to figure out whom the head belonged to.

Eske Willerslev Is Rewriting History With DNA

Eske Willerslev Is Rewriting History With DNA

Dr. Eske Willerslev, director of the Center for GeoGenetics at the University of Copenhagen, earlier this month.

The Very First Animal Appeared Amid an Explosion of DNA

The Very First Animal Appeared Amid an Explosion of DNA

Creatures as diverse as the humpback whale and the ladybug all descend from the very first animal, which appeared hundreds of millions of years ago.

The Lost Dogs of the Americas

The Lost Dogs of the Americas

A 10,000-year-old dog from an archaeological site near Eldred, Ill., known as the Koster site, where the earliest known dogs in the Americas were found.

U.F.O.s: Is This All There Is?

U.F.O.s: Is This All There Is?

A U.F.O. in New Mexico in 1957. For astronomers, the biggest problem with alien visitation is not the occasional claim of mysterious light in the sky, but the fact that we’re not constantly overwhelmed with them.

Two Urchins, Similar but Not

Two Urchins, Similar but Not

Many different species do similar things. The pencil sea urchin and green sea urchin, for example, are both grazers in the coastal waters of the Galapagos Islands.

Where NASA Put a Parking Lot, Dinosaurs and Mammals Once Crossed Paths

Where NASA Put a Parking Lot, Dinosaurs and Mammals Once Crossed Paths

A nearly 9-foot slab of rock found in a parking lot on the grounds of NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center holds the fossilized tracks of several dinosaurs and even a few early mammals.

Study Links Sleeplessness and False Confessions

Study Links Sleeplessness and False Confessions

An interrogation room in a police precinct in Harlem. Close to 20 percent of interrogations occur during normal sleep hours, midnight to 8 a.m., a new study notes.

Bird’s Extinction Is Tied to the Arrival of Humans

Bird’s Extinction Is Tied to the Arrival of Humans

There were nine species of the flightless birds called the moa.

In Cave in Israel, Scientists Find Jawbone Fossil From Oldest Modern Human Out of Africa

In Cave in Israel, Scientists Find Jawbone Fossil From Oldest Modern Human Out of Africa

A fossilized human jawbone discovered in Israel. The find may suggest that Homo sapiens first migrated out of Africa at least 50,000 years earlier than previously thought.

Emperor Penguins: Good Dads, but Less Dedicated Than You May Have Thought

Emperor Penguins: Good Dads, but Less Dedicated Than You May Have Thought

Adult emperor penguins and their chicks near a research station in Terre Adélie, Antarctica. Researchers found that male penguins from one colony often slipped out to hunt during breeding season.

Insects Flew Before Anything Else Did. So How Did They Get Their Wings?

Insects Flew Before Anything Else Did. So How Did They Get Their Wings?

A fossil of a cockroach dating to the Cretaceous period, about 145 to 65 million years ago. Insects took to the skies much earlier, but there is scant fossil evidence from the period showing how they evolved wings.

A Hard Climate for Penguins and Butterflies

A Hard Climate for Penguins and Butterflies

These three Magellanic penguin chicks died of hypothermia after a rainstorm.

Astronomers’ Dark Energy Hopes Fade to Gray

Astronomers’ Dark Energy Hopes Fade to Gray

A remnant from a Type 1A supernova observed in the Milky Way, one of the cosmic markers of how fast the universe is expanding. Observing exploding stars helped astronomers first discover the existence of dark energy nearly 20 years ago.


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