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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 image shows a dense forest, interspersed with a river and islands.

Expeditions in remote Amazon waterways result in identification of two previously unknown electrified fish.

Joshua Learn, Contributor

Ancient flying reptile dubbed Cryodrakon boreas, the "cold dragon of the north winds," may shed light on the evolution of these dinosaur relatives.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Conspicuous toilet spots may help Dalmatian wall lizards communicate.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

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

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