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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. 

Newly-discovered fossil deposit contains more than 50 unknown species from the Cambrian Explosion, when most complex body plans appeared.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

When the foraging sea mammals crack shells to collect food, they produce distinctive evidence.

Thomas Garlinghouse, Contributor

Two chimpanzees stand side-by-side, holding food.

Chimps that experience the most dramatic human impacts have less behavioral diversity.

Joshua Learn, Contributor

Squirrel pokes its head out from a green garbage can, carrying a morsel of food in its mouth.

Animals are often able to adapt to their human-influenced surroundings with remarkable ease.

Katharine Gammon, Contributor

Oxytocin-deficient animals point to deep links between social behavior and the need to keep warm.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Image of raccoon dog, also known as a tanuki, on a brown grass field, looking at the camera

Social behavior of beloved "trickster" dogs may be changing due to human activity.

Joshua Learn, Contributor

New research suggests the ancestors of reptiles, birds and mammals might have walked more efficiently on land than previously thought.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Long penises may allow hermit crabs to stay in their shells during sex, reducing the risk of shells being stolen.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

The discovery of a gene that helps female mosquitoes make healthy eggs could lead to a new way to fight the disease-spreading insects.

Catherine Meyers, Editor

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