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Neanderthals, the World’s First Misunderstood Artists

Neanderthals, the World’s First Misunderstood Artists

The ladder-shaped painting on the left in the La Pasiega cave in Spain is older than 64,000 years, scientists have found, and was made by Neanderthals.

79 Moons of Jupiter and Counting

79 Moons of Jupiter and Counting

Europa, one of Jupiter’s larger moons, lower left, and the shadow of Io, another moon, upper right, are joined by 12 recently discovered moons orbiting the solar system’s largest planet.

Tiny Brains of Extinct Human Relative Had Complex Features

Tiny Brains of Extinct Human Relative Had Complex Features

Researchers say that the skull of Homo naledi, a hominin that lived 236,000 to 335,000 years ago, contained a brain the size of an orange that had a similar shape and structure with that of modern humans.

In the Arctic, More Rain May Mean Fewer Musk Oxen

In the Arctic, More Rain May Mean Fewer Musk Oxen

Musk oxen, massive mammals that live on Arctic tundra, are seeing their numbers dwindle as warmer, rainier winters limit access to food, researchers report.

NASA Budgets for a Trip to the Moon, but Not While Trump Is President

NASA Budgets for a Trip to the Moon, but Not While Trump Is President

Vice President Mike Pence at the National Space Council’s first meeting in Chantilly, Va., in October.

To Sate China’s Demand, African Donkeys Are Stolen and Skinned

To Sate China’s Demand, African Donkeys Are Stolen and Skinned

Donkeys awaiting slaughter at the Goldox Donkey Slaughterhouse in Kenya. As manufacturers of a traditional Chinese medicine struggle to meet rising demand, they are looking to developing countries for donkey hides.

Grieving Orca Carries Dead Calf for More Than 3 Days: ‘She’s Just Not Letting Go’

Grieving Orca Carries Dead Calf for More Than 3 Days: ‘She’s Just Not Letting Go’

An orca whale has carried her dead calf on her nose for days in the Pacific Northwest.

Largest King Penguin Colony in the World Drops by 90%

Largest King Penguin Colony in the World Drops by 90%

The colony of king penguins on the Île aux Cochons, or Pig Island, in 1982, when researchers last counted its population.

Drought and Drone Reveal ‘Once-in-a-Lifetime’ Signs of Ancient Henge in Ireland

Drought and Drone Reveal ‘Once-in-a-Lifetime’ Signs of Ancient Henge in Ireland

Signs of a henge, a man-made enclosure from thousands of years ago thought to serve as a gathering place, were photographed by a camera-enabled drone on Monday.

Bulwark Against an Abortion Ban? Medical Advances

Bulwark Against an Abortion Ban? Medical Advances

A march in Washington of women demanding legalization of abortion in 1971. With President Trump about to nominate a second justice to the Supreme Court, legal experts are debating what a more conservative court would mean for abortion rights.

When a Pregnant Pipefish Dad Spots an Alluring Female, Things Get Weird

When a Pregnant Pipefish Dad Spots an Alluring Female, Things Get Weird

A robust ghost pipefish in waters off Indonesia. With some species of pipefish, fathers are susceptible to what scientists call the Bruce effect.

Boulder-Size Clues to How Humans Settled the Americas

Boulder-Size Clues to How Humans Settled the Americas

Alia Lesnek, left, and Charlotte Lindqvist of the University at Buffalo, observing boulders on Dall Island in Alaska. Scientists have found evidence in Alaska’s rocks that the first people to populate the Americas were island-hopping sea-farers.

The Baby’s Hand Was Mummified. Why Wasn’t the Rest of Its Body?

The Baby’s Hand Was Mummified. Why Wasn’t the Rest of Its Body?

The skeleton of a child found in Hungary was partially mummified by copper from a coin placed in its hand.

Newly Discovered ‘Limb Pit’ Reveals Civil War Surgeons’ Bitter Choices

Newly Discovered ‘Limb Pit’ Reveals Civil War Surgeons’ Bitter Choices

A field technician excavating the remains of an amputated limb at Manassas National Battlefield Park in October 2015. The discovery of two nearly complete sets of soldiers’ remains, 11 partial limbs and other artifacts appeared to date to the Second Battle of Bull Run, which ended Aug. 30, 1862.

It Came From a Black Hole, and Landed in Antarctica

It Came From a Black Hole, and Landed in Antarctica

The IceCube Neutrino Observatory in Antarctica, where the tiny particle believed to have originated in a supermassive black hole was observed last year.

These Whales Are Serenaders of the Seas. It’s Quite a Racket.

These Whales Are Serenaders of the Seas. It’s Quite a Racket.

A juvenile male humpback whale in waters off Sri Lanka. The males may be singing certain tunes to attract mates, although scientists listening to the songs suspect there may also be other reasons for the music shared among these giants, even when they are miles and miles apart.


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