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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. 

Decades of observation and research suggest zebras may use their stripes for temperature regulation, among other functions.

Joshua Learn, Contributor

Female convict cichlid fish turned from optimists to pessimists when separated from their chosen partners.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Searching for dwarf foxes and cloud forests on California's Santa Rosa Island -- a national park that the park service says is "like nowhere else on Earth."

Jason Socrates Bardi, Editor

After diving penguins drive fish to shallow waters, flying seabirds follow -- and share the bounty.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

New study reveals how baby hoatzin birds are able to move like four-legged animals, thanks to unique claws on their wings.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Scientists observe intense matchmaking behaviors from bonobo mothers on behalf of their sons.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

The webs store energy like a bow and can accelerate the spiders at up to 80 Gs.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

When the bloodsucking insects eat sugar, they express more of a specific protein that can curb their attraction to humans.

Joshua Learn, Contributor

Humans can learn a lot from the world's most extreme creatures.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

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