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155-Million-Year-Old Fossil Holds Clues About Land Animals’ Transition Back to Sea

A recently discovered 155-million-year-old marine reptile fossil now in the Museum’s paleontology collections is providing scientists with new …

Evolution

Frontiers Lecture: The Zoomable Universe with Caleb Scharf

From the farthest edge of the observable universe to the tiniest measurement of the subatomic realm, reality as we experience it is defined by …

Universe

December 2017 Programs at the American Museum of Natural History

The holidays are here, and you’re invited to celebrate with us here at the Museum!<p>See our Origami Holiday Tree, on view this year in a new location …

Natural History

Expert Tips for Viewing Sunrise Manhattanhenge and the December SuperMoon

Each year, twice a year, New Yorkers are treated to a phenomenon called Manhattanhenge, when the city’s street grid aligns with the setting Sun …

Moon

Sluggish Sloths Have Little Use for Balance

Scientists have found more variations in the semicircular canal systems of three-toed sloths than in those of other mammals.<p>Courtesy of C. …

Natural History

Find Out What It Takes to Be a Science Teacher at the MAT Program’s Open House

Nick Tailby, center, leads a group of MAT candidates in Riverside Park.<p>© AMNH/R. Mickens<p>This weekend, the Museum’s Master of Arts in Teaching program …

Natural History

Are We Alone in the Universe? - AMNH SciCafe

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Why Penguins Can Only Taste Salty and Sour Foods

A 2015 study found that <i>Pygoscelis adeliae</i> (Adelie Penguin), and two other penguin species, only possess taste receptors for salty and sour …

Natural History

That Time a Giant Dinosaur Balloon Was Inflated Inside the American Museum of Natural History

Sinclair’s Dino, just ahead of Bullwinkle J. Moose, floating above spectators on 77th Street in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1969.<p>© AMNH …

Dinosaurs

Senses-Themed Origami Holiday Tree Goes on View

© AMNH/R. Mickens<p>Planning for the Origami Holiday Tree, which went on view November 20, has been underway for months. It’s a marathon, not a …

Natural History

Frontiers Lecture: Neil deGrasse Tyson and Astronaut Scott Kelly on Life in Space

Scott Kelly is a former Navy fighter pilot and test pilot, an engineer, and a retired NASA astronaut who over four space flights accumulated 520 days …

NASA

Our Senses: Touch, From Single Cell To Whiskers

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Ultra-Sensitive Whiskers Let Mountain Lions “See” in the Dark

Just like your pet cat, the <i>Puma concolor</i>—also known as the cougar or mountain lion—has a face full of whiskers. But these extra hairs, which …

Natural History

Extinct Gliding Mammal Changes Thinking About Ear Evolution

A rendering of <i>Arboroharamiya allinhopsoni.</i><p>© N. Wong<p>An extinct, mouse-sized gliding animal from the Late Jurassic with unique ear bones—the …

Evolution

Birds of Prey Rely on Super Sight to Hunt

A Golden Eagle’s eye has two foveae, allowing it to see both forward and sideways at the same time.<p>Courtesy of M. Gäbler/Wikimedia Commons<p>Today, …

How Technology Lets Scientists See Hidden Colors in Marine Life

Curator John Sparks and his colleagues have developed special lights, lenses, and filters to study biofluorescence underwater.<p>© K. McBurnie<p>Whether …

The Star-Nosed Mole Has the World’s Most Sophisticated Sniffer

The star-nosed mole’s distinctive nose features 22 highly sensitive feelers.<p>© K. Catania<p>The eyes of the star-nosed don’t work very well. In fact, …

Natural History

New Immersive Exhibition Our Senses Opens November 20

Those bunches of yellow flowers you passed by this morning at the corner deli? The muffled announcements you strained to hear on your train this …

November 2017 Programs at the American Museum of Natural History

Big things are underway this November at the Museum!<p>At tonight’s SciCafe, astrophysicist <b>Lisa Kaltenegger</b> tackles one of the biggest questions of all: …

SciCafe: Humans and Conflicts with Bears, Oh My!

Anyone who has ever surprised a black bear in their own backyard is already keenly aware of the overlap between human communities and bear habitats. …

Historic Chief’s Chest On View in Haida Gwaii

Earlier this year, Museum conservator Samantha Alderson took a cross-country journey to a remote archipelago off the coast of British Columbia, …

Our Senses: An Immersive Experience Opens November 2017

Mead 2017: Chronicling Life in Rural Morocco in House in the Fields

Filmmaker Tala Hadid first visited Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains nearly 20 years ago, when the government was in the process of building a road that …

Saturn Shows Off Its Rings

Mead 2017: Sprit Game Directors Tell Iroquois’ Story Through Lacrosse

Today lacrosse is played across the world, but the game originated with the Iroquois. In <i>Sprit Game: Pride of a Nation</i>, which is screening at the …

Mead 2017: How Lust for Sight Director Manuel von Stürler Sees the World

“Manu, how do you see?” asks filmmaker Manuel von Stürler in his documentary <i>Lust for Sight (La fureur de voir)</i>, which premieres at the Margaret Mead …

Catching the First Gravitational Waves from Neutron Stars

Astrophysicists have directly detected a spectacular collision of two neutron stars 130 million light years away, via both gravitational …

All-New Halls of Gems and Minerals Announced

A 12-foot-tall, sparkling amethyst geode from Uruguay—one of the world’s largest—was unveiled today at the Museum during an event to announce that …

New Study Shows “Solitary” Pumas Are Social Over Meals

Like many terrestrial carnivores, pumas are considered to be solitary animals—sticking to separate territories and meeting up only to mate, raise …

A New Approach to Combating Illegal Wildlife Trafficking

Illegal trade remains a top threat to endangered wildlife around the world. To understand and address the threat effectively, researchers are …