Welcome to Terra Sapiens
Humans have been altering Earth for millennia, but only now are we wise to what we’re doing. How will we use that wisdom?
What say you, dinosaur?
Did Neanderthals speak? Did dinosaurs roar? And when did birds begin to sing? The soundscape of deep time is coming back
Laws or comets?
Does history unfold randomly and by chance, or are there underlying patterns and deep connections between its parts?
Half of the Earth’s surface and seas must be dedicated to the conservation of nature, or humanity will have no future
A tyrannosaur of one’s own
Dinosaur collecting isn't just for museums any more – film stars and sheikhs do it too. What drives a man to covet big bones?
Alien lifeforms might be living right under our noses, but how can we find them if we don’t know what we’re looking for?
The fire age
We can melt ice sheets and cook landscapes. When humans made fire, they made themselves and their planet too
Written in stone
In the race for geology’s highest accolade – a ‘golden spike’ – do advocates of the Anthropocene sell their ideas short?
We may think we are the first organisms to remake the planet, but life has been transforming the earth for aeons
The last meadows?
One tree at a time, forests are edging out the world’s mountain meadows. Can we save these islands of diversity?
Earth’s oceans are beginning to warm and turn acidic, endangering plankton and the entire marine food chain
The Equator once marked the edge of the civilised world. If we put it at the centre, we might see our place in the heavens
We came to know air indirectly, by its visible signs. The stuff itself is as elusive as the atmosphere of a gothic novel