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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. 

Analysis of dinosaur fossils showed that some parents warmed their eggs with body heat.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

Using computers to sift through the cacophony of seaside sounds could help conservationists save species.

Teresa L. Carey, Contributor

Scientists are inspired by a unique bird to help make fluids flow faster.

Karin Heineman, Executive Producer

Researchers examine 30-million-year-old whale fossils to uncover how these marine mammals ate before baleen.

Olivia Trani, Contributor

White-tailed deer mothers deposit their babies with female mule deer, which then defend the fawns from predators.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Concerned scientists look for “Harry Potter” effect to explain Indonesia’s new owl trade.

Olivia Trani, Contributor

Tube-lipped wrasses overcome coral's defenses with bizarre puckered lips.

Nala Rogers, Contributor

Slow digestion and a diverse diet makes the lancetfish perfect for sampling deep sea life.

Teresa L. Carey, Contributor

Expeditions will delve into the wild, looking for species that haven’t been seen for at least a decade.

Brian Owens, Contributor

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