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3-D Modelling Corals on the Real Skull Island

On Skull Island, the skulls of head-hunting victims lie entombed beneath the skulls of their captors, while under the waves, a living treasure of coral is being enshrined digitally for all to see.

Mapping the Underground Mysteries of Socotra

Once they’d made the difficult journey to the cave entrance, the real journey began for these explorers on the trail of ancient rock art.

Last Ice Area Expedition Launches

Climate projections forecast the total disappearance of summer sea ice in the Arctic by 2040, with the exception of one place: the “last ice area,” north of Greenland and Ellesmere Island in Nunavut. This area will likely harbor the largest concentration of Arctic wildlife that depends on the sea ice edge for survival, including bowhead…

When Civil War Made Humans Prey for Carnivores

In the third episode of Through the Prides, we learn how immigrants evade predators as they walk across Kruger National Park and we speak to carnivore experts about what would compel a lion to hunt a human. [VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED]

Bat Man of Borneo

Trudging through piles of guano up to 70 feet high, Donald McFarlane is getting to know the secrets of bats deep in the caves they call home.

Divers Search for Tiny Animals in Iceland’s Fissures

“The reason I wanted to learn to dive, ” says National Geogrphic grantee Jónína Ólafsdóttir, “was because I wanted to see different areas and species that you can’t access very easily.” This far north, she’s found what she’s been looking for.

Primate Survey Raises Question: Are Uganda’s Northernmost Chimpanzees Vanishing?

We set out to confirm whether chimpanzees remain in northern Uganda, and which other primates are supported by the magnificent Otzi Mountains on the South-Sudanese border. Here’s what we found.

Exploring Civilization Beyond the Walls

Huge walls may separate cultures, but it’s how we interact across those boundaries that reveals the real story of civilization.

Survivors Discuss What It Takes to Walk ‘Through the Prides’

In the second episode of Through the Prides, former walkers tell us what it takes to safely make it through the park. Meanwhile, Constance Nyathi’s fate is decided when she visits Home Affairs to apply for a permit to visit her ailing father in Mozambique.

Creating a ‘Lei of Hope’ for the World’s Oceans

Oceans are not too big to fail, says National Geographic Explorer Sylvia Earle. Can one boat’s journey send that message?

3 Surprising Discoveries From the Archaeology of Food

The archaeology of food is filling in the gaps between all the grand monuments and intricately crafted objects that occupied researchers and the public for generations.

Whales Surprise Baja Paddlers

The sudden appearance of two ocean giants didn’t phase grantee Justin DeShields: “I’m just like high off the experience of ‘oh my god there’s humpbacks just hanging out with us.'”

3 Things to Know About the Origins of Chinese Civilization

China is big and it’s been around a long time. Top archaeologists peel back the layers of history and reveal how it all got started.

The Illustrated Journey of Oregon’s Famous Wolf OR-7

In 2012, Wolf OR-7 became the first known wild wolf to enter California in 88 years. Now a beautifully illustrated map tells his story.

A Small Island Takes a Big Stand on Plastic

The Micronesian island of Yap banned the use of plastic bags to protect the local environment—and discovered additional benefits along the way.