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It All Began in Chaos
The giant planets didn’t always sit where they are today. Our solar system was shaped by a wild and stormy youth.
Last Song for Migrating Birds
Across the Mediterranean millions are killed for food, profit, and cruel amusement.
Genes Are Us
Humans share a quarter of their genes with a grain of rice—a sign of our common heritage.
Risk Taker: Bat Man
Blind since 13 months, he explores the world—and even rides a bike—by clicking his tongue.
The Comeback Croc
Thirty years ago the yacare caiman seemed doomed to a leathery death. What happened?
This month we take a look at the callous slaughter of songbirds migrating between Europe and Africa.
The Moment: Caged Birds
Photographer David Guttenfelder has covered wars, but seeing the suffering of birds was a challenging experience.
Decorate your desktop with beautiful images from this month’s issue of the magazine.
An astronaut checks his controls in the cockpit of the Manned Aerospace Flight Simulator in the 1960s.
Visions of Earth
Each month, National Geographic features breathtaking photographs in Visions of Earth.