Day: October 17, 2019

Following a river of questions in eastern India

Writer and National Geographic Fellow Paul Salopek’s Out of Eden Walk is on a storytelling odyssey across the world in the footsteps of our human forebears. This is his latest dispatch from India. You walk until your feet disappear. Until all waypoints flatten. The sky becomes the seamless sky. The horizon is just a horizon.…

Huge Antarctic pterosaur found in fire-struck museum

When an inferno razed the former palace that housed Brazil’s Museu Nacional in 2018, it damaged millions of valuable artifacts, including many globally significant fossils. But now, a 70-million-year-old bone retrieved from the rubble is offering scientists a ray of hope. Together with a second bone that was in a building unaffected by the fire,…

Humpback whales herd salmon with their fins, new photos reveal

Humpback whales are well known for their sophisticated hunting strategies, such as blowing bubbles to form wide nets, then swimming in a clockwise motion to swiftly encircle their prey. This ingenuity, coupled with the marine mammals’ advanced social behavior and communication, led scientists to suspect they were missing something. It turns out they were right.…