The fact that lobsters ‘walked’ on their claws puzzled even Aristotle. He had to employ all his deductive genius to explain why.
In 1822 a badly abused donkey became the first animal to receive justice in a British court.
Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor, was obsessed with falconry. This led him to write a truly revolutionary book on the subject.
The first of Earth’s creatures to hurtle into the Moon’s orbit were slow and sedentary residents of the Great Steppe.
How food fashion changed the economy of the Cayman Islands.
Captivated by swarming cicadas, the young son of a freed slave was inspired to become one of the greatest minds of the American Enlightenment.
Defying categorisation since its discovery, was the platypus a mammal, a reptile, or something else?
A Roman poet transformed an unremarkable bird into a contested symbol of eroticism.
A global trade in feathers, with London at its heart, saw hundreds of millions of birds killed every year. Emily Williamson waged a long and furious campaign against it.
Men who spent their working lives underground found a new world of freedom in racing birds.