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Stromatolites at Hamelin Pool, Shark Bay, Western Australia. Photo by Ben Cordia/Wikipedia

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Earth science and climate
The shape of life

The ancient Earth was profoundly alien. How do we distinguish between the living and non-living in the fossil record?

Sophia Roosth

A Parasaurolophus dinosaur by Rich Penney. Courtesy the artist

Essay/
Palaeontology
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

Alex Riley

Dinosaur collectors Pete (l) and Neal Larson (c) of the Black Hills Institute prepare the skeleton of Sue, the Tyrannosaurus Rex now on show at the Field Museum, Chicago. Photo by Louie Psihoyos/Corbis

Essay/
Deep time
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?

Laurie Gwen Shapiro

Out of Siberia. A Nenet woman dressed from head to toe in clothes made from reindeer fur. Photo by Heidi Bradner/Panos

Essay/
Palaeontology
Origins

Paleogenetics is helping to solve the great mystery of prehistory: how did humans spread out over the earth?

Jacob Mikanowski

Illustration by Terryl Whitlatch

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Biology
Once and future cats

Sabercats were magnificent, powerful predators – what does their extinction tell us about the future of life on Earth?

Riley Black