Creature

All that slithers, swims, flits, flies, grows and dies

Animals, plants, microbes, fungi and all life on Earth, from long-buried dinosaurs to newly emerging infections, often serve to instruct and amaze. We are interested in everything from the simplest physical structures to the most complex emergent behavior of life's many forms — from the extinct to the evolved and from the web of ecology to the promise of animal-inspired technology. 

New research suggests the birds must sense Earth's magnetic field using some other part of their anatomy.
James Gaines, Contributor
Experiments showed how cats can track their owners by listening for their voice
Haley Weiss, Staff Writer
Genes for repairing DNA, metabolizing glucose and suppressing inflammation may help some rockfish live for hundreds of years.
Nala Rogers, Staff Writer
Fox-like dog described by first Europeans to visit the remote islands was an ecological anomaly.
Joshua Learn, Contributor
Up to 63% of African and Arabian mammal species may have vanished in a previously undetected die-off.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
What nature's most complex constructions can tell us about how the brain organizes behaviors.
Haley Weiss, Staff Writer
A new paper examines how elephants work together to solve a task and when cooperation breaks down.
Katharine Gammon, Contributor
Examining small molecules that attach to DNA strands can help build a sense of a lobster's age.
Haley Weiss, Staff Writer
Researchers used DNA from leeches' last blood meals to find out what animals live where in China's Ailaoshan Nature Reserve.
Nala Rogers, Staff Writer
How one dead bird turned into an on-the-fly science experiment.
Inside Science Contributor
The flying reptile was among hundreds of fossils recovered by police in 2013.
James Gaines, Contributor
Analysis of fish ear bones reveals how bioluminescent lanternfish became so abundant.
Joshua Learn, Contributor