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. 

Photographers snapped images of the red-eyed insects emerging after 17 years underground.
Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator
Unexpectedly warm water may explain how North Pacific loggerhead sea turtles get from Japan to Baja California.
Carolina Cuellar, Contributor
Brood X is emerging across 15 states. Here's how to decode all that buzzing from the trees.
Nala Rogers, Staff Writer
Many unborn creatures make and receive sounds and vibrations -- getting valuable information on the outside world.
Katharine Gammon, Contributor
Researchers confirm that sharks use a magnetic field to change their route.
Rebecca Boyle, Contributor
Honeybees relay the location of the queen through pheromones.
Joel Shurkin, Contributor
The new species unearthed in Patagonia belongs to a group called abelisaurids, which resembled tyrannosaurs with short, bumpy faces.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
Reductions in hunting due to COVID-19 restrictions may have led to less stress and better feeding opportunities for already thriving northern birds.
Joshua Learn, Contributor
A new paper suggests whales learned to escape the grasp of hunters in just a few years.
Katharine Gammon, Contributor
Research with octopus limb regeneration helps scientists create smart prosthetics.
Inside Science Contributor
Artificial "protocells" suggest the complex biochemical mechanisms used by living cells could have originated in simple bubbles.
Tom Metcalfe, Contributor
A new model suggests that many more mammal species than was previously known could host the creation of novel coronaviruses.
Meredith Fore, Contributor