Admire the astonishing life on Earth from microscopic pond life to ocean giants. Explore our collection showcasing the most incredible species on Earth and discover the breathtaking diversity of the animal world.
Bacteria and viruses
Dinosaurs and other extinct animals
Frogs and toads
Insects and other creepy-crawlies
Monkeys and apes
Octopus and other cephalopods
Pathogens and parasites
Pond life and plankton
Spiders and scorpions
CLSM is an imaging technique that focuses a laser beam on or inside a sample, and produces an image from only the point in focus. The focal point can be scanned over the subject, allowing images of very thin layers of an object to be obtained, which can be combined in a computer to form a detailed 3D image. This fascinating video set includes parts of a dog tick, Rotifers and plant hopper.
As January ends on a cold note across the UK, we can take solace in the fact that we can keep warmer than these poor animals and plants. This selection shows how they pass the winter: fighting over seeds, gnawing on bare twigs, huddled against blizzards, raiding gardens or just embracing the snow with a good roll.