Creature

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. 

How one dead bird turned into an on-the-fly science experiment.
Inside Science Contributor
The flying reptile was among hundreds of fossils recovered by police in 2013.
James Gaines, Contributor
Analysis of fish ear bones reveals how bioluminescent lanternfish became so abundant.
Joshua Learn, Contributor
Scientists identified competing neural pathways that control flies' decision making.
Karen Kwon, Contributor
The carnivores play a unique role in breaking down calcium, phosphorous from prey.
Joshua Learn, Contributor
Experiments on fox squirrels show they know the perfect combination of speed, springiness and "parkour movements" to get their nuts.
Joshua Learn, Contributor
A fossil skull from a bird that lived in the time of dinosaurs sheds light on how the ancestors of modern birds escaped extinction.
Nala Rogers, Staff Writer
Cave microbes on Earth may help guide scientists toward life on Mars.
Nala Rogers, Staff Writer
When their homes burn, male red-backed fairywrens fail to develop their brilliant plumage.
Joshua Learn, Contributor
First-of-its-kind study shows how human-generated sound could harm the ability of seagrass to store energy and detect gravity.
Karen Kwon, Contributor
The ancient dinosaur ancestor likely ate the newly described species by accident.
Joshua Learn, Contributor
New research shows how oil spills and their cleanup harm water striders, raising questions about the broader ecological impacts of even small spills.
Brian Owens, Contributor