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Trilobites: Trapped in 99-Million-Year-Old Amber, a Beetle With Pilfered Pollen

By NICHOLAS ST. FLEUR

The discovery is among the strongest evidence in the fossil record that the insects pollinated prehistoric cycads, a plant that preceded flowering plants.

Trilobites: Hundreds of Reindeer Died by Lightning. Their Carcasses Became a Laboratory.

By STEPH YIN

“From death comes life,” said researchers who studied how decomposing bodies, with the help of scavengers, might alter plant diversity across a broad landscape.

Trilobites: Do Penguins Mate for Life? Not According to These Paternity Tests

By JOANNA KLEIN

New research challenges assumptions that some penguins mate for life, and suggests DNA testing is needed to avoid inbred captive populations.

Trilobites: Trapped in 99-Million-Year-Old Amber, a Beetle With Pilfered Pollen

By NICHOLAS ST. FLEUR

The discovery is among the strongest evidence in the fossil record that the insects pollinated prehistoric cycads, a plant that preceded flowering plants.

Trilobites: Do Penguins Mate for Life? Not According to These Paternity Tests

By JOANNA KLEIN

New research challenges assumptions that some penguins mate for life, and suggests DNA testing is needed to avoid inbred captive populations.

Nonfiction: Why We Should Never Expect to Discover Sentient Ice Cubes

By GEORGE JOHNSON

Charles S. Cockell’s “The Equations of Life” argues that physics constrains evolution so that life is not endlessly variable, but actually quite predictable.

Feature: The Scientist Who Scrambled Darwin’s Tree of Life

By DAVID QUAMMEN

How the microbiologist Carl Woese fundamentally changed the way we think about evolution and the origins of life.

Feature: The Scientist Who Scrambled Darwin’s Tree of Life

By DAVID QUAMMEN

How the microbiologist Carl Woese fundamentally changed the way we think about evolution and the origins of life.

Nonfiction: A New View of Evolution That Can’t Be Represented by a Tree

By ERIKA CHECK HAYDEN

David Quammen has written a sprawling history of evolutionary genetics, “The Tangled Tree,” that complicates familiar notions of how species evolved.

Trilobites: Give a Cow a Brush, and Watch It Scratch That Itch

By JOANNA KLEIN

Some researchers think mechanical brushes aren’t just some spa amenity for dairy cows — they’re important to the animal’s well-being.

Trilobites: Give a Cow a Brush, and Watch It Scratch That Itch

By JOANNA KLEIN

Some researchers think mechanical brushes aren’t just some spa amenity for dairy cows — they’re important to the animal’s well-being.

Books of The Times: David Quammen Turns Tough Science Into Page-Turning Pleasure

By PARUL SEHGAL

In “The Tangled Tree,” Quammen tells the story of a groundbreaking idea in biology, and of the scientists who discovered and explained it.

Books of The Times: David Quammen Turns Tough Science Into Page-Turning Pleasure

By PARUL SEHGAL

In “The Tangled Tree,” Quammen tells the story of a groundbreaking idea in biology, and of the scientists who discovered and explained it.

A Toxic Tide Is Killing Florida Wildlife

By TRYGGVI ADALBJORNSSON and MELISSA GOMEZ

Toxic algal blooms are not unusual off the state’s coast, but the current episode is the longest in more than a decade.

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