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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. 

Blowflies serve as natural sampling instruments to learn what is pooping and dying in an area.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

For seeds, it’s a race against time to create the chloroplasts they need to survive during the first 48 hours in the ground.

Jennifer Leman, Contributor

Spiders that eat other spiders may use sound to avoid cannibalism.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

The newly dubbed "Amazing Dragon of Lingwu" may have weighed more than 10 metric tons and boasted a dangerous "whiplash tail."

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Researchers have long pondered the humble egg. As some great puzzles are cracked open, new ones are laid.

Katherine Gammon, Contributor

A deep-sea creature that mainly lives in the dark glows to find a mate.

Karin Heineman, Executive Producer

Dogs avoid each other after aggressive encounters, whereas wolves rapidly reconcile.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Parasites may have profound impacts even before they infect hosts.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Elephants and other mammals that lost their scrotums offer a peek at the genitals of our common ancestor.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

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