Ungainly but fleet of foot, the flightless bird offers insights into the life of a legendary pharaoh.
It took millennia to find out.
Exploring the meaning of Lascaux’s galloping herds.
Putting a pig on trial appears to defy logic, but in medieval France it gave rural folk the illusion of order in a frightening world.
It took an Irish Gothic novelist to tie up centuries of demonic mythology surrounding this leathery, nocturnal mammal.
Plant, animal or other? The struggle to categorise jellyfish mirrors the desire to impose a hierarchy on the natural world.
For centuries, one grossly distorted woodcut defined the ideal of a rare beast.
No canine character has played a more crucial role in literature than Bendicò in Lampedusa’s The Leopard.
Worms are among the simplest of creatures. But, as Darwin discovered, even they share things in common with humanity.
It was once believed that swallows spent their winters on the Moon, or asleep on river beds.