Jesslyn Shields

Jesslyn Shields is a freelance science writer working out of Athens, Georgia. She writes about brand new research for HowStuffWorks. Since 2010, Jesslyn's written science news and content for educational videos, because she loves to always have something new to yammer on about at parties. You can find her online at www.jesslynshields.com

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Believe it or not, about one in every 2,500 babies is born with a tooth or three.

Sudden savant syndrome can make you a math whiz or musical prodigy instantaneously. But how?

A mother orca spent more than two weeks clinging to her dead calf. But why?

Some of the cremated remains buried at Stonehenge came from a spot in Wales that's more than 100 miles away. How did that happen?

It used to be assumed that African bush elephants avoided the sound of an angry bee hive. Now researchers believe they have receptors to detect a bee's alarm pheromones.

A solitary man with a mysterious, but certainly horrific, past goes about his business in the Amazonian jungle. He's the last of his kind.

Ireland's severe drought has been alarming to some, but a new archaeological discovery has provided a silver lining.

Breakup boot camps help move the trauma-stricken lovelorn through the healing process and give them concrete steps for moving forward with their lives.

Ever wonder where you'd end up if you dug straight down through the earth? Wonder no more — there's a map for that!

Being eaten from the inside out by wasps sounds like something out of a nightmare, but for some caterpillars, sadly, it's just life.

The Humboldt marten was thought to be extinct until it was rediscovered in 1996. Now it is threatened again.

Sea lice aren't actually lice — they're jellyfish — but they're no fun when they get in your bathing suit.

From urine to incense, the ancients had some weird ideas about what to put in toothpaste.

Breaking news: Dolphins and porpoises don't actually look very much alike.

When the weather becomes extreme, women in the west African country of Benin deal with agricultural challenges differently than men.

The towering, invasive giant hogweed has been discovered in Virginia, and residents are understandably concerned.

Watch out if you want a bite of this bad boy. The Asian common toad has been spotted in Madagascar, and conservation ecologists are worried sick about it.

Germinated in medieval times, the pine named Italus now holds the record as Europe's oldest tree.

You can't tell a book by its cover, and you can't tell a squid by its Nosferatu getup.

New research suggests the asteroid impact that killed the dinosaurs probably burned Earth's forests, requiring modern birds' common ancestors to live on the ground.