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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. 

Once thought to stay shallow, a new study finds the tusked mammals are among the deepest divers in the sea.

Annie Roth, Contributor

Chinese researchers solve the complete DNA sequence of the pernicious pest, revealing some of its evolutionary secrets.

Jason Socrates Bardi, Editor

New genetic analysis suggests that major groups of fish species arose in the 10 million years after dinosaurs disappeared.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Parasitoid wasps that lay eggs in other creatures may represent more species than any other group of animals.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Migrating chimpanzees appear to conform to local nut-cracking culture, even when they know a better way.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Camera traps show the bizarre place where oxpeckers spend the night.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

The discovery may one day help people with multidrug-resistant bacterial infections.

Tracy Staedter, Contributor

To conserve energy in winter, shrews shrink their brains and sacrifice cognitive ability.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Fossilized tracks suggest lizards were bipedal 110 million years ago.

Marcus Woo, Contributor

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