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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. 

Wormlike amphibians called caecilians may have evolved venomous teeth long before the first snakes crawled the Earth.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

A new song type originated in western Canada and then spread East, replacing the sparrows’ traditional song.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Close up image of rust-colored fox, taken from above, as the animal looks into the camera

Some evidence suggests that foxes may be trying to domesticate themselves.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

Green spectrum light can actually damage plants.

Joshua Learn, Contributor

A new type of exotic mantis has entered the U.S. My own brood of nonnative mantises sheds light on what that means.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Hummingbirds can distinguish blends of color that we see as ordinary hues.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Monkeys’ reactions to computer-generated videos suggest they, like humans, suffer from the creepy “uncanny valley” effect.

Joshua Learn, Contributor

A month’s worth of cool science stories, summed up

Alistair Jennings, Contributor

Narwhal vocalizations are not well understood, but Inuit whale hunters helped scientists get close enough to listen.

Meredith Fore, Contributor

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