Who Was the Most Powerful Woman in Ancient History?

A visitor to the California Science Center views artifacts in the exhibit "Cleopatra, The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt." Cleopatra, famous for her influence over the most powerful men of her day, is one of several ancient women who found their own ways to power. Photograph by Brian van der Brug, Los Angeles…

Isolated Nomads Are Under Siege in the Amazon Jungle

At Posto Awá, villagers enjoy a morning bath. The red- and yellow-footed tortoises they’re holding will probably eventually be eaten. This story appears in the October 2018 issue of National Geographic magazine. The tread marks in the blood-red earth are deep—and fresh. Tainaky Tenetehar climbs off his dirt bike for a closer look. “From this…

Take a Look at the Redesigned National Geographic Magazine

See the Bold New Look of National Geographic Magazine The iconic print magazine introduces a fresh design to showcase its stunning photography and thought-provoking stories. A version of this story appears in the May 2018 issue of National Geographic magazine. At National Geographic, we’ve helped you explore the world for 130 years. With the launch…

Soar Over a Legendary Fortress in the Judean Desert

Set high on a cliff above a forbidding, lunar-like landscape, the ancient fortress of Masada looks as dramatic as the legend behind it. The remote palace complex is known as the site of a desperate last stand by Jewish patriots besieged by the Roman army, which allegedly culminated in a mass suicide pact rather than…

Duck-Like Dinosaur Is Among Oddest Fossils Yet Found

The exquisite fossil, which was rescued from poachers, is one of the few known dinosaurs that lived on the water.

What If There Were No More Turtles?

A new study looks at the decline of a longevity icon.

Mystery of ‘Alien Megastructure’ Star Has Been Cracked

Twinkle, twinkle, Tabby’s Star: Dips in brightness so bizarre. Could it be we’ve found ET? No, not yet! It’s dust we see.

World’s Largest Underwater Cave Discovered

Joining two previously known underwater caves, the newly discovered system is 215 miles long.

30 Wild and Beautiful Places in Europe

Look beyond the continent's cities to these natural wonders.

What’s Killing the West Coast’s Young Great White Sharks?

A great white shark swims in clear water off Guadalupe Island. Photograph by Mauricio Handler, National Geographic Creaitve Two of the ocean's biggest predators—sharks and humans—are at odds with each other in southern California. A new study in the Journal of Applied Ecology found that fishing was the greatest cause of death for juvenile great…