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.
Animals are often able to adapt to their human-influenced surroundings with remarkable ease.
Oxytocin-deficient animals point to deep links between social behavior and the need to keep warm.
Social behavior of beloved "trickster" dogs may be changing due to human activity.
New research suggests the ancestors of reptiles, birds and mammals might have walked more efficiently on land than previously thought.
Long penises may allow hermit crabs to stay in their shells during sex, reducing the risk of shells being stolen.
Two well-preserved fossils found in China were covered in both furlike pycnofibers and featherlike features.