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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. 

New study reveals how baby hoatzin birds are able to move like four-legged animals, thanks to unique claws on their wings.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Scientists observe intense matchmaking behaviors from bonobo mothers on behalf of their sons.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

The webs store energy like a bow and can accelerate the spiders at up to 80 Gs.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

When the bloodsucking insects eat sugar, they express more of a specific protein that can curb their attraction to humans.

Joshua Learn, Contributor

Humans can learn a lot from the world's most extreme creatures.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Newly defined species that lived 90 million years ago represents a chimera -- or even the crab family's platypus, researchers say.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Their larvae slowly suck the arachnids' guts out after wasps infiltrate the spiders' webs.

Joshua Learn, Contributor

In dolphins, the clitoris is located at the entrance to the vagina where it is sure to be rubbed during penetrative sex.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Whether they respond when called is another matter.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

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