• An Antarctic plesiosaur.

    Oldest Antarctic "Sea Monster" Found

    Swam Warm Antarctic Seas 85 Million Years Ago

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Prehistoric Features

  • Photo: Gully bones

    Digging Up Sea Monsters

    Follow the blog from the Spitsbergen Expedition as they unearth "sea monsters″ from the Upper Jurassic Period 150 million years ago.

  • Image: A bacculite

    Photo Gallery: Sea Monsters

    Get a glimpse of what prehistoric sea creatures may have looked like millions of years ago.

  • Photo: A Dimorphodon flies across the forest in a scene from the movie Flying Monsters 3D

    Flying Monsters 3D

    Could flying monsters have existed? With cutting-edge 3-D filming technology and CGI, Flying Monsters 3D recreates spectacular pterosaurs and brings these giant flying creatures to life.

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    Bizarre Dinosaurs

    A bizarre gallery of Mesozoic monsters prompts John Updike to ask: What has evolution wrought?

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    Prehistoric World

    Discover and explore prehistoric times with galleries, time lines, quizzes, and more.

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Animal News

  • Wolves, Bayerischer Wald National Park, Germany.

    Contagious Yawns in Wolves

    Contagious yawning in wolves gives researchers a glimpse into the origins of empathy.


  • A photo of a transparent frog, Centrolene charapita

    See-Through Frogs Found

    Researchers discover four new frog species in Peru, one of which sports spikes, while others have green bones.


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From the Magazine

  • Photo: Two adult preen, Ireland

    Gannets Pictures

    Champion divers but clumsy landers, doting parents but hostile neighbors—northern gannets abound in contradictions.

  • Photo: Silent Ural owl

    Estonia's Ural Owls

    Photographer Sven Začek provides an intimate view of this large raptor.