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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. 

The smallest Diplodocus skull ever discovered reveals clues about the group's evolution.

Claire Cleveland, Contributor

Observation could improve filtration systems and boost conservation efforts.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Scientists are finding microbes that are good for crops but bad for weeds.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Deep water reptiles diversified as Mesozoic sea levels rose. Their shallow water counterparts declined.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Field of red poppies by the seaside

For the first time, scientists have sequenced the poppy genome -- and found some curious genetics at work.

Katharine Gammon, Contributor

Armadillos could help fill ecological voids left by the Southeast's waning gopher tortoise populations.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

A new study shows that colonies of as few as six ants divvy up duties.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Officials in Wyoming are building bridges in the hopes of restoring the migratory path of the pronghorn.

Annie Roth, Contributor

Alligators and Floridians have been clashing more often, and research suggests the growing human population is the cause.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

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