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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. 

A Komodo dragon still, with a deer in the background.

Komodo dragons outlived their giant reptile peers through isolation and some lucky breaks, although cannibalism and virgin births may have helped.

Joshua Learn, Contributor

Scientists show that bacteria have unexpected effects in spider sex.

Rodrigo Pérez Ortega, Contributor

The large, colorful parasite has apparently been lurking there for years.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

The fish have organs filled with glowing bacteria that they use to flash.

Sofie Bates, Contributor

Researchers find that membranes may have helped the building blocks of life come together.

Sofie Bates, Contributor

A small change in poison frogs' DNA keeps them from being harmed by their own poison.

Sofie Bates, Contributor

Newly discovered family of fluorescent molecules explains how two kinds of seafloor-dwelling sharks glow.

Rodrigo Pérez Ortega, Contributor

‘Megafires’ jeopardize the black-backed woodpecker’s habitat.

Rodrigo Pérez Ortega, Contributor

Some poison frogs have become used to the warmer temperatures caused by climate change and deforestation, but they’re nearing their limit.

Sofie Bates, Contributor

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