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.
When the foraging sea mammals crack shells to collect food, they produce distinctive evidence.
Chimps that experience the most dramatic human impacts have less behavioral diversity.
Animals are often able to adapt to their human-influenced surroundings with remarkable ease.
Oxytocin-deficient animals point to deep links between social behavior and the need to keep warm.
Social behavior of beloved "trickster" dogs may be changing due to human activity.
New research suggests the ancestors of reptiles, birds and mammals might have walked more efficiently on land than previously thought.
Long penises may allow hermit crabs to stay in their shells during sex, reducing the risk of shells being stolen.