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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. 

Their larvae slowly suck the arachnids' guts out after wasps infiltrate the spiders' webs.

Joshua Learn, Contributor

In dolphins, the clitoris is located at the entrance to the vagina where it is sure to be rubbed during penetrative sex.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Whether they respond when called is another matter.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Some male animals may evolve weak immune responses so they can give their mates diseases.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Newly-discovered fossil deposit contains more than 50 unknown species from the Cambrian Explosion, when most complex body plans appeared.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

When the foraging sea mammals crack shells to collect food, they produce distinctive evidence.

Thomas Garlinghouse, Contributor

Two chimpanzees stand side-by-side, holding food.

Chimps that experience the most dramatic human impacts have less behavioral diversity.

Joshua Learn, Contributor

Squirrel pokes its head out from a green garbage can, carrying a morsel of food in its mouth.

Animals are often able to adapt to their human-influenced surroundings with remarkable ease.

Katharine Gammon, Contributor

Oxytocin-deficient animals point to deep links between social behavior and the need to keep warm.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

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