Evolution

frog on clay pot

Behold, the ancient ones

Frogs date back more than 150 million years in the fossil record, and for centuries, the amphibians have been idolized and used in various ways by different cultures. Frog toxins are remarkably potent in the human body and may be used to treat hea...
In “Wicked Plants: The Exhibit,” Doug Soltis reviews the interactive that highlights the danger of mistaking poison hemlock for carrots. Florida Museum of Natural History photo by Kristen Grace

On the defense

Harmful plants have evolved to protect themselves from predators It’s one of society’s hotly debated questions: ketchup or mustard? For some, the harsh, aci...
Florida Museum researcher David Steadman displays a 20,000-year-old American alligator fossil skull from the Ichetucknee River in north Florida. Florida Museum photo by Kristen Grace

A reptilian anachronism

American alligator older than we thought New study also shows it shared ancient Florida with giant crocodiles Florida Museum researcher David Steadman displa...
notharctus translucent crania copy

How did primate brains get so big?

New study sheds light on evolution of human, ape intelligence Virtual brains reconstructed from ancient, kiwi-sized primate skulls could help resolve one of the most intriguing evolutionary mysteries: how modern primates developed large brains. ...

George Washington’s little buttercup

How an extinct ancestor of buttercups and poppies is helping solve Darwin’s 'abominable mystery' An ancient relative of buttercups, the new genus and species ...