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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. 

In a Brazilian lagoon, dolphins that don't cooperate with people must range farther to find food.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

The impact that killed the dinosaurs also caused mass deforestation and sent the first tree-dwelling birds to extinction.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Yellow, orange and black butterfly stationary on a vertical fence

How the heat of cities drives animal size may offer clues about how ecosystems will respond to global warming.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Farmers, scientists and beekeepers are working to raise blue orchard mason bees to pollinate valuable orchard crops.

Anna Katrina Hunter, Contributor

New insights could improve cochlear and retinal implants.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

New study shows how sand sedges lure beneficial bacteria to their roots.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Studying fly sex may lead to a better understanding of addiction in humans.

Marcus Woo, Contributor

Bacteria that help sorghum survive drought could someday be used as probiotics for crops.

Anna Katrina Hunter, Contributor

Popularity of increasingly endangered wild animals may create the misguided notion that they’re thriving in nature.

Tracy Staedter, Contributor

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