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.
Fossilized duck-billed dino droppings from Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument are full of rotten wood and crustaceans.
Gut microbes compete with their host for a nutrient called choline.
Manufactured rhino horns are criticized by conservation groups, but some economists think the conversation should stay open.
Read on to learn about strange seashore phenomena, from cannibalistic shark embryos to worms whose butts become autonomous sex machines.