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World’s First Female “Penis” Found, in Cave-Dwelling Bugs

Four new species of cave insects in Brazil have sex-reversed genitalia, a “completely astonishing” discovery, scientists say.

February 2, 2014: Walking from Siberia to Australia, Prepping Putin’s $51 Billion Bash and More

This week, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they walk from Siberia to Australia, celebrate Putin’s $51 billion Olympic bash, get to the historic bottom of Groundhog Day, cycle 11,000 miles from Norway to South Africa, spend 200 days in a year deep inside of caves, dodge the bubonic plague in Madagascar, and search for the last of Africa’s glaciers.

Rising Star Photo Wins Australian Archaeology Award

Next time you picture a scientist at work on a computer, skip the white-walled laboratory, and think of this instead.

Exploring Some of the Earliest Evidence of Human Occupation in Island Southeast Asia

First explored by western archaeologists in the 1960s, two Young Explorers tour Timor-Leste’s Lene Hara cave.

New Eyeless Fungus Beetle Found in Cave

A new species of eyeless insect adapted to the darkness has been discovered in an Arizona cave, a new study says.

Hangout in an Ancient Maya Cave

Join us live, Friday, February 8th at 1pm EST as NG Explorer Guillermo de Anda leads us from the jungle into a vast cavern to reveal remnants of ancient Maya civilization.

Explorers’ Adventure in the Mustang Caves

Three modern day explorers relate their adventure tackling a rare challenge: scaling huge cliffs to examine human remains dating back centuries.

Skull in Underwater Cave May Be Earliest Trace of First Americans

PET/GUE Divers descend into the abyss at Hoyo Negro. Photo by Daniel Riordan-Araujo   By Fabio Esteban Amador Explorers have discovered what might be the oldest evidence of humans in the Americas. Alex Alvarez, Franco Attolini, and Alberto (Beto) Nava are members of PET (Projecto Espeleológico de Tulum), an organization that specializes in the exploration…

“World’s Largest Cave” Photographer Carsten Peter Answers Your Questions

The January issue of National Geographic Magazine features a story about the world’s largest known cave passage, in Vietnam. The gallery of spectacular photos took off online and has been enjoyed by more than a million people. View this photo and more in the complete “Conquering an Infinite Cave” gallery. (Above photo by Carsten Peter)   We…

70th Anniversary of the Discovery of Lascaux

Montignac, France–In a moment of wonder and elation 70 years ago this week, four French teenagers discovered more than just their missing dog. Lost in the woods outside the small medieval town of Montignac in Aquitaine, the pup had fallen into a small cavern in the ground. The dog was rescued and a few days…

Rock Spirits at the Portals to Afterlife

The final day of the 2010 IFRAO conference on Pleistocene Art of the World continued to present innovative approaches and fascinating discoveries about the well-known but little understood world of prehistoric rock art. Tarascon-sur-Ariège, France–Anderzej Rozwadowski gave some enlightenment about the significance of rock itself to Siberian shaman culture, showing how parts of it may…

Cracking the Code in the Rocks

On the fourth day of the International Federation of Rock Art Organizations (IFRAO) conference, National Geographic Digital Media’s Andrew Howley learns from experts how ancient wall paintings can be deciphered to tell something about the Stone Age artists who made them. Tarascon-sur-Ariège, France–The iconic images of bison, deer, and mammoths are what draw many people…

Walking Into the Stone Age

On the third day of an international conference in France of experts on prehistoric rock art, National Geographic Digital Media senior producer Andrew Howley makes his first visit into caves adorned with images painted 13,000 years ago. Tarascon-sur-Ariège, France–Today the laptops were shut and the projectors powered down, as the participants in the IFRAO conference…

Mysteries of Prehistoric Rock Art Probed

Ancient people the world over illustrated rock walls with paintings or carvings evocative of their environment and belief systems. But even as we begin to understand more about the rock artists and the images they left us, new questions about their eternal messages are being raised. Tarascon-sur-Ariège, France–On the eve of the 70th anniversary of the…

Hundreds of new species found underground in Australia

A huge number of new species of invertebrate animals have been found living in underground water, caves and micro-caverns amid the harsh conditions of the Australian outback. Insects, crustaceans, spiders, worms and many others are among 850 species found by a national team of 18 researchers, according to the University of Adelaide. A new woodlice…