Africa

Homo Sapiens Just Got Older—Way, Way Older
Article - Short

Bones found in Morocco place our lineage 100,000 years earlier and nowhere near where we thought.

West Africa’s Artisanal Fishers Rival the Industrial Fleet
Article - Short

But they’re much less effective—something scientists hope to change.

Great White Sharks Are Being Killed and Eaten by Killer Whales
Article - Short

Three great whites are dead—their livers consumed—as serial killer whales rampage in South Africa.

The Origins of Ghana’s Iconic Black Star Line
Article - Short

The focal point of the African nation’s flag was inspired by the name of its first shipping line.

Saving a Coral Reef, One Transplant at a Time
Article - Short

First developed in the 1970s, coral reef transplants are finally proving effective.

In South Africa, Colonialism Was Written on Stone
Article - Short

An ocher painting of a ship from the early 18th century serves as a visual reminder of the clash between indigenous peoples and settlers.

New Research Assuages Some Worries About Mosquito Net Fishing
Article - Short

Fishing with mosquito nets is widespread, but potentially less destructive than thought. 

A Burning Problem For Mangroves
Features

In Madagascar’s Bay of Assassins, villagers balance mangrove use and conservation. How much longer can they do it?

The Seed for Disease Is Blowing in the Wind
Article - Short

Saharan dust plumes link ecosystems across the globe, but these connections can be deadly.

Twilight for the Sawfish
Features

In West Africa, the sawfish was once a source of cultural pride and power. What happens to traditional African cultures as it disappears? 

Death by a Thousand Ship Strikes
Article - Short

The Canary Island’s sperm whales are (slowly) being wiped out by ship strikes. 

The Real Estate Apartheid
Features

In a South African fishing village, market forces maintain segregation long after the old race-based laws have gone.

Message in a Boulder
Features

Long before texts or email, sailors sent messages using rocks. Yes, rocks.

Feeding the World, One Fish Head at a Time
Article - Short

Entrepreneurs and governments are trying to make use of the whole fish.

Finding Utica’s Hidden Harbor
Article - Short

Archaeologists are honing in on the ancient Phoenician city’s long lost harbor.

Sole Food
Features

How an unlikely fish is transforming fishing in The Gambia.

Where’s the Catch?
Article - Short

Small-scale fisheries are not so small after all.

Whistling Through the Din
Article - Short

Dolphins change their tune in a noisy environment.

The Fishmongers
Photo Essay

A portrait series featuring the women who carry coastal Ghana’s food supply on their heads.

Reluctant Saviors
Article - Short

How tragedy and Mediterranean migration complicates the age-old ethic of rescuing seafarers in distress.

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