Paleobiologist Christine Hertler says the loss of thick hair made extended periods of exertion possible in our ancestors. Effort generates heat, and sweating dissipates it. But for that to work, the skin has to be free of too much hair.
Surviving under harsh conditions is one thing. Growing for 1,500 years, building dunes and producing melons is quite another. Meet two plants that have perfected life in the desert.
A new species of frizzy-haired orangutans has been discovered in the remote jungles of Indonesia. With a population of only 800, the newly named Tapanuli orangutan is now the world's most endangered great ape.
As some question the ethics of the fur trade, fur will be doubtless a staple in the current season, beginning with the Men's Fashion Week in London on January 6. Jan Tomes explores the practices and the issues at stake.
A new Adolf de Meyer photography retrospective sheds light on a storied and innovative fin-de-siècle artist who paved the way for the likes of Helmut Newton — and whose life reads like a gossip column.
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