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2017 Solar Eclipse Facts and Tips

On August 21st, 2017, most of North America will experience a solar eclipse, with a select area experiencing a total solar eclipse. To learn more …


From the Archives: Color Footage of a Total Solar Eclipse

Eighty years ago, a Museum expedition to the Peruvian Andes captured some of the first color footage of a total solar eclipse. (Watch an excerpt from …


2017 Margaret Mead Film Festival: Activate

Mark your calendars: the 2017 Margaret Mead Film Festival is coming back on October 19, with more than 40 films, an art installation, a slate of …

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Nabokov's Butterflies 360

Gettysburg<p><i>Credit: Boston Public Library</i><p>Nabokov collected these specimens in Gettysburg on May 27, 1941.<p>Jackson<p>Nabokov wrote to his mentor William …


How to See the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21

On Monday, August 21, as the Moon passes directly between the Earth and the Sun, a total solar eclipse will make its way mile by mile across the …


The Science of Speciation – Molecular Adaptation in Vampire Bats

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Meet Patagotitan mayorum!

It’s official! The Titanosaur, the largest dinosaur displayed at the Museum, is now known as <i>Patagotitan mayorum</i>. The species’ scientific name, …


The Big Dipper Through Time


August at the Museum

Summer's not over yet—so head on over to the Museum while the days are long and school's still out.<p>We've got a musical exploration of the Red Planet …

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Widely Used DNA Analysis Misses Microbial Species, Study Finds

A Museum-led study published today in the journal <i>Scientific Reports</i> finds that some next-generation DNA sequencing techniques—which let scientists …


How to See the Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower

After midnight today and into early tomorrow morning, you can step outside to view the Delta Aquarids—one of the more prolific meteors showers of the …


Students Help Discover a New Deep-Sea Anemone Species

In the past 10 months, Elena and Sebastian have put in hundreds of hours in the Museum’s invertebrate zoology collections, searching for species that …

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Three New “Club-tailed” Scorpions Identified

A team of researchers has described three new species and two new genera of “club-tailed” scorpions from the tropical regions of North, Central, and …

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Exploring the Ancient DNA of Fossil Mammals

The Museum’s Fossil Mammal Collection, one of the world’s largest and most important, has more than 400,000 specimens. There are ancient animals like</i> …

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Paracas Pendant

The Paracas people, who lived in ancient Peru starting nearly 3,000 years ago, left no written record. Researchers can only infer details about them …

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Fossil Dinosaur Femur Finally Gets Its Number

One of the Museum’s biggest residents has a new roommate with a claim to fame of its own. A sauropod femur on display across from The Titanosaur …


Your Guide to the Summer Night Sky

Astronomer Charles Liu has simple advice for summer stargazers: start big!<p>“I always tell people to look for the Summer Triangle,” says Dr. Liu, a …


How TRAPPIST-1’s Earth-sized Planets Compare to our Solar System

Exercise Your Brain - AMNH SciCafe

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The Amazing Spider Curator

Cheryl Hayashi, who joined the Museum this year as a curator in the Division of Invertebrate Zoology, professor in the Richard Gilder Graduate …

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July at the Museum

It's 90 degrees out—but we have you covered here in the great indoors.<p>Drop-in sessions every weekend in the Sackler Educational Lab? Check. Summer …

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SciCafe is Always Open on YouTube

This year’s SciCafe season came to a close this month when NYU neuroscientist Dr. Wendy Suzuki stopped by to shed light on the connection between …

Researchers Pin Down Ancient South American Mammal

Research using ancient DNA has allowed a team of scientists led by Museum Curator Ross MacPhee to firmly establish the relationships of one of the …


The Butterfly Conservatory in 360

How to Build a Titanosaur


Did Dinosaurs Really Go Extinct?

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Google Glass in the Gobi: Dinosaur Nest

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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 …