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.
Ungainly but fleet of foot, the flightless bird offers insights into the life of a legendary pharaoh.
It took millennia to find out.
Chronicling an abusive relationship between people and the animals we have hunted, imprisoned and eaten.
It was once believed that swallows spent their winters on the Moon, or asleep on river beds.
Britain’s National Parks are a forgotten legacy of postwar reconstruction.
The people of medieval Europe were devoted to their dogs; one great French dog-lover declared that the greatest defect of the species was that they ‘lived not long enough’.