A new analysis of the Altar Stone at Stonehenge suggests it may have come from as far north as Scotland, allowing for "creative thinking" about its archaeological significance.
Human remains buried with a 2,300-year-old bronze mirror in Israel may be the first ever found of an ancient Greek courtesan who accompanied the Hellenistic armies on their campaigns.
The deep sea, which encompasses waters deeper than 660 feet (200 meters), is home to alien-like creatures, but we know far more about these inky depths than people think, ocean explorer Jon Copley tells Live Science.
Humpback whales may enjoy rolling around in seaweed as a form of play, but "kelping" could also help maintain their skin health by removing parasites and bacteria.
More orcas have died entangled in fishing gear in Alaska this year than in previous years, which may be linked to a "new behavior" where they feed in front of ascending fishing nets.
Lampreys belong to an ancient group of fish called Agnatha that evolved 450 million years ago, predating both dinosaurs and trees.
Scientists say a synthetic compound derived from Brazilian wandering spider venom could treat people with erectile dysfunction for whom drugs like Viagra don't work.
A video of a stinkhorn fungus — a 10-inch penis-shaped mushroom — bursting from the ground, growing and decaying has been captured in a forest in Germany.
Archeologists discovered the mysterious arch at the end of a narrow, underground passageway that was sealed with sediment shortly after it was built in the Middle Bronze Age.
History is peppered with times when our patchy knowledge of natural systems has led to questionable interventions with unintended — and sometimes disastrous — consequences.
The gigantic animal measured 14 feet and 3 inches long, beating the previous record for the longest alligator caught by permitted hunters by more than 2 inches.
Every austral summer, Rangiroa and Tikehau atolls in French Polynesia host a mysterious assembly of female great hammerhead sharks — a critically endangered and typically solitary species.
The storm intensified overnight and made landfall near Keaton Beach, Florida, on the morning of Aug. 30, supporting predictions that soaring sea temperatures would boost storms and hurricanes this year.
Filmmakers retraced the deadly journey of two British exploration ships that set off in 1845 and never came back, in a quest to find their captain's tomb.
The International Atomic Energy Agency — the UN's atomic watchdog — has said the release meets international safety standards with a "negligible radiological impact."
Out of five known emperor penguin colonies in the Bellingshausen Sea region of western Antarctica, four have failed to breed this year as chicks likely drowned in the melting sea ice.
Goths living in northern Poland between the first and fifth centuries were talented silversmiths and produced jewelry that was as high-quality as items from the Roman Empire.
Five gold coins unearthed from a temple in ancient Carthage depict the goddess Tanit and were likely left by wealthy worshippers alongside burials as an offering to deities.
Methane emissions from tropical wetlands have been soaring since 2006 and accelerating at the same breakneck speed as when Earth's climate has flipped from a glacial to an interglacial period.
Sizzling ocean temperatures in the east-central tropical Pacific throughout July indicate there is a good chance El Niño conditions will remain strong for the next six months.
No one has measured Cassius since 2011, which is when the saltwater giant was awarded the Guinness World Record for the world's largest living crocodile in captivity.
Adoptions in the animal kingdom may confer an evolutionary advantage, but other factors — such as empathy, the urge to care for babies and inexperience — could also contribute.
A retired chicken farmer found the rocks in the mid-1990s and donated it to the Australian Museum, where researchers have now named the newfound species Arenaerpeton supinatus.
The world's highest mountain system may have reached 60% of its current elevation before the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates crashed into each other, giving the peaks an extra push.
Large herbivores could transform the local ecosystem by grazing and recycling nutrients, but the climate was probably more important in shaping the vast, frigid grasslands of the Pleistocene.