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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. 

Image of a small, extinct mammal, gliding off a tree branch, its white underside showing.

Mouse-sized mammal had gliding membranes and a unique inner ear.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Little reptiles may use stripes to trick predators into attacking their tails.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Scientists studied dingoes to understand the development of social bonds between humans and dogs.

Kimberly Hickok, Contributor

New research suggests the rabies virus uses a snake venomlike compound to manipulate infected animals.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Genetic study suggests America’s native white-footed mice are adapting their metabolism to conquer the Big Apple.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

The wood tiger moth employs an arsenal of different weapons to defend itself.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Fossilized duck-billed dino droppings from Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument are full of rotten wood and crustaceans.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Gut microbes compete with their host for a nutrient called choline.

Marcus Woo, Contributor

Researchers used to think only moms manipulated the sex of their babies. Turns out dads do it too.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

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