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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. 

Cowbirds outsource parenting to other species, but an innate password tells their children to copy cowbird songs.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Plants may recruit defenders by bribing them with other plants' pollen.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Surprisingly, it’s the trees, not the bugs, that matter.

Gabriel Popkin, Contributor

Image shows numerous termites gathered around a hole.

Underground species eats or buries its dead, depending on likelihood of catching disease.

Joshua Learn, Contributor

Corral Bluffs location contains fossils from a critical time in the evolution of mammals.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Saharan insects use breakneck speeds to beat the desert heat while finding food.

Joshua Learn, Contributor

Sponges, one of the most ancient animal lineages, can maintain normal gene activity even as oxygen levels drop.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Researchers combine old whaling records with aerial photographs to estimate the large animals’ weights.

Joshua Learn, Contributor

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