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8 Mummy Finds Revealing Ancient Disease

Some ailments were ancient scourges, others surprisingly modern.<p><b>Whether laid to rest in a simple grave or a grand tomb, the human body rarely survives the sweep of time. But in a few places where people deliberately mummified their dead, or the environmental conditions were right—very dry or</b> …

Crow-Size Pterosaur Named After 9-Year-Old Fossil Hunter

Newfound flying reptile is named after nine-year-old Daisy Morris.<p><b>A new species of crow-size pterosaur has been named in honor of the nine-year-old fossil hunter who discovered it, a new study says</b>.<p>The new species of pterosaur—a type of flying reptile that lived alongside the dinosaurs—was dubbed</i> …

Dead Whale Contains a Bounty of Life

Researchers discover nine new species of marine organism on a whale carcass.<p><b>A dead whale is a cozy place to live. In death, splayed over the seafloor, the massive marine mammals offer deep-sea organisms an embarrassment of blubbery and bony riches</b><b>that feed entire communities</b> <b>of unusual creatures for</b> …

Pictures: Apollo Rocket Engines Recovered From Seafloor

Amazon.com founder retrieves components of two F-1 rocket engines once used to launch Apollo missions to the moon.

Earth Hour 2012: Before and After

The Secret World of the Old Water

Wildlife<p><i>Octavio Aburto is a National Geographic WAITT grantee embarking upon an expedition to document and preserve the last untamed Mexican River: The San Pedro Mezquital.</i><p>—––<p>My friend and colleague Jaime Rojo has been working with giant Sabinos (<i>Taxodium mucronatum</i>) since many years ago. These …

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #40

Wildlife<p><b>“A celebration of bird in flight” This photograph of a bald eagle and heron flying in perfect formation shows us why we should all want to be birds… The eagle is chasing the heron away from a nest with eggs, but still manages to do this with grace and power. If the policies we use to govern</b> …

“Conservation Dependent” Lagomorph Species in the USA and Abroad

Changing Planet<p><b>Ten years ago this coming Easter, one of the world’s foremost experts on rabbits was asked to comment for National Geographic News on the conservation status of these small mammals and related taxa—species comprising the order Lagomorpha (i.e., rabbits, hares and pika).</b><p><b>Back in 2003,</b> …

Take a Virtual Tour of Paul Sereno’s Fossil Lab

Wildlife<p>Paul Sereno is a man in search of tooth and beauty. (Photo by Mark Thiessen)<p>Paleontologist and National Geographic Explorer Paul Sereno has discovered dozens of remarkable prehistoric creatures including SuperCroc and its relatives, as well as the ancient people of the Green Sahara.<p>When not …

Pictures: Dipping Under Unspoiled Rivers

Two-Headed Shark Found by Fisherman

Wildlife<p>This two-headed bull shark fetus was recently found by a fisherman and described in a science journal. Photo: Reprinted with permission from C. M. Wagner et al<p>We’ve written about a cyclops shark, freshwater sharks, and whorl-toothed sharks, but we have to add a new curiosity to the digital …

“Zombie” Worms Mate Inside Whale Bones

Changing Planet<p><b>In modern pop culture, zombies are everywhere, from TV shows like The Walking Dead to books like World War Z.</b><p>But when it comes to the creepy factor, <i>Osedax</i> worms—nicknamed “zombie worms”—beat out even the goriest movies.<p>A recent study reveals that these faceless, mouthless worms enjoy …

The Surprising Way Airplanes Help Whales

Wildlife<p>John-Michael Lee caught thresher sharks off Redondo Beach in California when he was a boy. “We’d float on a mat in the water, reach down with our hands and just catch them by the tail,” recalls John-Michael. “They were about three to four feet long, but most of that was tail.”<p>“When I go …

Trilobites Found With Mysterious Markings

Spots running down the length of the animals could have been used to confuse predators.<p><b>Perhaps the best-known group of ancient animals after dinosaurs, trilobites spent hundreds of millions of years coming up with crazy body plans and cruising the ocean before dying out some 250 million years ago.</b> …

Curious Cat Walks Over Medieval Manuscript

Inky paw prints have been discovered in a 15th century manuscript.<p><b>From ancient Egyptian religions to Edgar Allan Poe's "The Black Cat" to the latest I Can Haz Cheeseburger meme, felines, literature, and culture have enjoyed a long love affair. But perhaps no other feline has walked through history</b> …

Pictures: Auroras of February and March

Starbursts, alien landscapes, and magenta bands of light: Take a look at some of the best aurora photos from February and March.

Endangered Frogs Get Helping Hand

Researchers want to build a captive population of endangered limosa harlequin frogs.<p><b>Endangered amphibians such as the limosa harlequin frog (Atelopus limosus) now have a tiny bit of hope to cling to thanks to a captive breeding program run by a collaboration between conservation groups, including</b> …

Robot Ants Could Make Us More Efficient

Changing Planet<p><b>With their tiny wires and circuits, robotic ants won’t be taking over the world anytime soon.</b><p>But what these artificial insects lack in processing power, they make up for in efficiency: Robotic ants can automatically choose the shortest route from their food sources back to their …

What's Behind Spike in Gulf Coast Dolphin Attacks?

Dead—and sometimes mutilated—dolphins have been turning up recently.<p><i>Part of our weekly "In Focus" series—stepping back, looking closer.</i><p><b>When Louisiana Fisheries and Wildlife personnel discovered a dead bottlenose dolphin near Elmer's Island late last year, they figured it was another victim of the</b> …

Space Pictures This Week: Mars Gullies, Aurora Borealis, and Dragon Detaches

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To speed the naming of 101 new beetle species found in Papua New Guinea, scientists used DNA sequences ... and the telephone book.

Philippine Freshwater Crocodiles: Freshwater Species of the Week

Wildlife<p>This month 36 Philippine freshwater crocodiles were introduced into the wild on Siargao Island, in an effort to bolster the population of this endangered reptile. The Philippine freshwater crocodile (<i>Crocodylus mindorensis),</i> also called the Mindoro crocodile, <i></i>is found only in the Philippines.<p>…