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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. 

The discovery may one day help people with multidrug-resistant bacterial infections.

Tracy Staedter, Contributor

To conserve energy in winter, shrews shrink their brains and sacrifice cognitive ability.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Fossilized tracks suggest lizards were bipedal 110 million years ago.

Marcus Woo, Contributor

Skin infections have decimated bobcats in southern California. Now, researchers think rat poison may be to blame.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Ingested bombardier beetles force toads to puke them out.

Marcus Woo, Contributor

Unique microscopic structures make the feathers so black they look like a hole in space around the colored patches.

Catherine Meyers, Editor

A 108-year-old museum specimen helps answer evolutionary questions about the extinct marsupial carnivore.

Kimberly Hickok, Contributor

When it comes to raising golden-headed lion tamarin babies, everyone cooperates -- especially the grown males.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Using tools from many scientific disciplines, researchers gain detailed insights into how the many-eyed mollusk sees its watery home.

Catherine Meyers, Editor

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