Inventors often use animals' adaptations to the environment in applications that benefit humans, from sharky swimsuits to hedgehog-inspired helmets.
The plant’s golden color has inspired a long—and potentially deadly—fascination.
They both contain insecticides called pyrethrins, used in ancient Persia. Today we use them in lice-killing shampoos.
For millennia, humans have exploited galls for medicine, fuel, food, tanning, and dyeing. Some people have considered them miraculous.
Despite all the whips and spurs involved, nineteenth-century Americans believed racehorses loved a little manly competition.
Some 19th-century naturalists believed that bugs could think and should therefore definitely know that biting is out of line.
This plant’s animal-like behavior and alleged love-provoking abilities have sparked the imagination of everyone from early modern yogis to today’s scientists.
Reputed to be a less intelligent bird species, puffins have been observed scratching themselves with sticks.
The 19th-century naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace created a visualization that tied different species to specific regions of the world.
Paleontologists recently solved the riddle of whether two fossil specimens were young T. rexes or a whole different species.