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The Butterfly Conservatory in 360

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How to Build a Titanosaur

Did Dinosaurs Really Go Extinct?

Google Glass in the Gobi: Dinosaur Nest

Transformation: Dinosaurs to Birds

What Is a Fossil?

Happy 70th, Coelophysis!

Seventy years ago today, Museum paleontologists led by Edwin Colbert working at New Mexico’s Ghost Ranch site turned up an amazing find—a bone bed …

Natural History

Fossil Hunting in the Gobi 360

“This is not a hospitable place, the Gobi Desert. And in the 1920s, [it was] a very poorly mapped, a very poorly known region.”<p>Mike Novacek Curator, …

Natural History

Discoveries in Dioramas

<i>The vast majority of the Museum’s 34 million (and counting) specimens are tucked away in collections for study by Museum scientists, comparative</i> …

Episode 16: Tales From the Cryptic Species

"This is a great opportunity for species discovery."<p>Evon Hekkala Research Associate<p>Find out what goes into—and sometimes comes out of—making exhibits …

Natural History

Episode 15: The Guts and Glory of Object Conservation

"The Museum's collection has a very important role [in] showing what was a truly ancestral way of living."<p>Vera Solovyeva Siberian Project</i> …

Shamans of Siberia in 360

<b>Shamans of Siberia - Visual Cue Transcript—Visual Cue Transcript</b><p>[WIND BLOWS]<p>American Museum of Natural History logo appears over black.<p>[OLD RECORDING …

Anthropology

Count on It

<i>Decades of annual observations can yield valuable information for wildlife conservation.</i><p>Every 10 years, the United States Census takes a snapshot of …

Natural History

Episode 14: Into the Island of Bats

“We have evidence at a particular place and time that allows us to make comparisons not only in present day, but also with the past.”<p>J. Angelo …

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Gobi: The Next Generation

While the researchers can still find quiet nights and culinary adventures (camel cheese, anyone?) in the sands of the Gobi, Goldberg says some of the …

Episode 13: Nothing but the Tooth

“We found enough on that first expedition to really excite us, and ever since we’ve been going back to the Gobi.”<p>Mike Novacek Curator, Division of …

Natural History

Episode 12: Six Extinctions in Six Minutes

Episode Twelve: Six Extinctions in Six Minutes<p>"Extinction is a way of life, but there have been mass extinction events where a whole array of species …

Episode 11: Green Grow the Salamanders

Episode Eleven: Green Grow the Salamanders<p>"We maintain about 80 live cultures of microorganisms, including algae. And about half of them are unique …

Episode 10: The Dinosaurs of Ghost Ranch

Episode Ten: The Dinosaurs of Ghost Ranch<p>"What really takes the time is the preparation that we have to do to be able to expose these things."<p>Mark …

Episode 09: Kinsey's Wasps

Episode Nine: <b>Kinsey's Wasps</b><p>"The larger [a collection] is, the more likely it is that you'll have more species [and] reflect actual diversity of …

Natural History

Episode 8: Voyage of the Giant Squid

Pierre Denys de Montfort’s <i>Poulpe Colossal</i> attacks a merchant ship. 1810.<p>In his book <i>The Search for the Giant Squid</i>, marine biologist and Museum …

Episode 07: The Language Detectives

Episode Seven: <b>The Language Detectives</b><p>I became fascinated by the idea of [molecular systematics] as a means for explaining the evolution of …

Episode 06: The Tiniest Fossils

Episode Six: <b>The Tiniest Fossils</b><p>What we can do with the geological past is use Earth’s history to learn how life reacted to events in the past, to …

Episode 05: How to Time Travel to a Star

Episode Five: How to Time Travel to a Star<p>It’s one thing to collect and to generate data. It’s entirely another thing to make sense of it.<p>Michael …

Astronomy

Episode 04: Skull of the Olinguito

Episode Four: Skull of the Olinguito<p>New species are discovered all the time, and sometimes they’re found in the drawers of museum collections, …

Episode 03: Six Ways to Prepare a Coelacanth

Episode Three: Six Ways to Prepare a Coelacanth<p>It would be like someone calls up with a picture of a <i>Tyrannosaurus</i> saying, “This was running around …

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Episode 02: Turtles and Taxonomy

Episode Two: Turtles and Taxonomy<p>That's the thing about collections—at first blush, it's pretty wonderful stuff, but what it tells you is even better.<p>…

Natural History

Episode 01: 33 Million Things

Episode One: 33 Million Things<p>A research collection is a place of discovery. You can walk around the corner and see something no one's quite observed …

Start Cephalopod Week Right!

It’s Cephalopod Week again, and that means we’re taking some time in the coming days to shout out these terrific, tentacled marine marvels. And we …

A World of Science Snapshots

Photographs have been an important part of researchers’ field notes for centuries. On Nature Photography Day, we’re highlighting just a few of the …