American Museum of Natural History

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio issues guidance on city’s controversial monuments

A few months after an outcry over Confederate monuments sparked a nationwide reckoning with the country’s controversial statues, New York City has …

Bill de Blasio

In Trump’s Immigration Remarks, Echoes of a Century-Old Racial Ranking

The argument was genteel, the tone judicious, the meaning plain: America, wrote the senator leading Congress’s push for immigration reform in 1924, was beginning to “smart under the irritation” of immigrants who “speak a foreign language and live a foreign life.”<p>The year before, things had been …

U.S. Politics

New York City to keep Christopher Columbus statue after 'hate' review

New York will keep its famed but controversial statue of Christopher Columbus following a review of "symbols of hate," as the United States debates …

Christopher Columbus

Columbus Statue to Remain in Place, but 'Context' to Be Added

The city will leave the Christopher Columbus statue in place at its current location in Columbus Circle in Manhattan, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday while endorsing a recommendations made by a special commission in a report.<p>The report (embedded below) also recommended that two other …

Robert E. Lee

Half-Measures Won’t Erase the Painful Past of Our Monuments

We live in a culture of digital now-ness, twitter-surfing, trivia bingeing — which has become a culture of not-knowing history. I became acutely aware of the imbalance at the time of the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., last August. Suddenly, there history was — an old history of …

Robert E. Lee

Discovery of Extinct Burrowing Bat Tells Mysterious Story About New Zealand

All but three land mammal species living on New Zealand today were brought there by modern humans, beginning around 800 years ago—and all three of …

Evolution

Horror master Stephen King to receive PEN America award

NEW YORK (AP) — There's a whiff of horror about PEN America's new Literary Service Award winner — it's Stephen King.<p>The literary and human rights organization will honor King with the award May 22 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The Bangor, Maine, resident's new novel, "The …

Stephen Sondheim

NYC Decides Not to Tear Down Controversial Monuments But Will Add Historical Markers Instead

Politics<p>One statue will be relocated and the city will commission a new monument for indigenous people.<p>,<p>When it comes to tearing down controversial …

Bill de Blasio

No Traveling for New York’s Columbus Statue, Mayor Decides

Back in the heat of summer, when the nation’s attention was on rioting white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va., Mayor Bill de Blasio declared that New York City would conduct a review of all “symbols of hate” in its parks and on its streets, to see which ones should be removed or otherwise …

New York City

Friday roundup: A’s won’t give up on Laney, Isles could play “some” games at Coliseum, more

• The Rhode Island state senate’s finance committee approved $44 million in spending by the state and city of Pawtucket for a new <b>Pawtucket Red Sox</b> …

International League

In images: Early 20th century Tibet and Burma, as seen by a pioneering female photographer

Although often overshadowed by her more famous husband, Yvette Borup Andrews’s photos stand today as a contribution to early visual anthropology.<p>When …

Museums

De Blasio’s monuments panel decides to remove only one

Mayor de Blasio’s five-month odyssey to center the national debate over removing controversial monuments on New York City ended with a whimper on …

New York City

If Dinosaurs Were Physicists: Thoughts About History and Time

Does physics stand outside the parade of years? Could features of the future affect the present?<p>This Christmas holiday, four generations of my family converged at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. I’d been there just a handful of times since childhood, so it seemed familiar, but …

Dinosaurs

Pterosaurs | Cleveland Museum of Natural History

They flew with their fingers. They walked on their wings. Some were gigantic, while others could fit in the palm of your hand. Millions of years ago, …

Dinosaurs

Stephen King to Receive PEN Literary Service Award

The 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award has been awarded to Stephen King, author of horror and suspense classics such as “It” and “The Shining<i>.”</i><p>The award is meant for a critically acclaimed writer whose body of work “helps us understand and interpret the human condition,” according to a news …

Books

Would a better-late-than-never Black Widow movie be able to succeed?

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 30: Scarlett Johansson attends the American Museum Of Natural History's 2017 Museum Gala at American Museum of Natural …

Comics

Giant extinct burrowing bat discovered in New Zealand

The fossilized remains of a giant burrowing bat that lived in New Zealand millions of years ago have been found by a UNSW Sydney-led international …

New Zealand

Pense à remercier les paresseux géants quand tu manges un avocat

<b>La magie de la nature.</b><p>Next time you eat guacamole, thank a giant ground sloth: the Lestodon! These 15-ft animals ate avocado whole, traveled, and …

Cuisine

New Natural History Museum Exhibit Explores 'Unseen Oceans'

Highlights include true-to-scale animations of ocean giants, live marine animals and a virtual submersible ride.<p>UPPER WEST SIDE, NY — The Earth's …

New York City

The climate change misinformation at a top museum is not a conservative conspiracy

A sign at the American Museum of Natural History has outdated information about climate change<p>Over the weekend, Twitter users — including some climate scientists — were upset by a plaque at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York which seems to be spreading misinformation about …

Climate

Eighty percent of all known bioluminescent groups inhabit the world’s oceans. At certain...

Eighty percent of all known bioluminescent groups inhabit the world’s oceans. At certain depths, nearly all organisms glow. On land, things are quite …

Natural History

Avocados Evolved From Ancient Sloth Poop, Apparently, So That’s A Fun Fact

Apparently, avocados are to the 2000s what prunes were to the 1970s, and both of these fruits have one thing in common: poop. While prunes can help …

Museums

We Can Know What Color Dinosaurs Were. Here's How.

There are some things we might never know about dinosaurs. What colors were they? What did they sound like? How did T. rex apply sunscreen? Lucky for …

Dinosaurs

Research Library | Digital Special Collections | Desmodus rotundus with frontal and profile drawings of head from Darwin's The zoology of the voyage of H.M.S. Beagle

Identifier<p>b10187236_1<p>Title<p>Desmodus rotundus with frontal and profile drawings of head from Darwin's The zoology of the voyage of H.M.S. Beagle<p>Date<p>2011<p>…

Humanities

You have ancient giant sloth poo to thank for your avocado toast today

Listen up, avo toast munchers.<p>The next time you go about smashing up your favourite green fruit, just say a little thank you to our friends, the old …

Museums

Research finds lizard inside fossilised dinosaur to be a new species

A new research report has concluded that a lizard whose fossils were found inside a dinosaur skeleton in 1859 is indeed a new species, putting to …

Dinosaurs

New York Today: The Many Lives of Radio City Music Hall

<i>Good morning on this frigid Friday.</i><p><i>We survived the snow</i><i>,</i> <i>but now comes the ice, so</i> <i>travel safely and leave yourself extra time. Most mass transit has resumed, but there are some</i> <i>service changes or delays, so check schedules for the subway, Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road, New Jersey Transit, and</i> …

New York City

What our eyes miss in the sky – stargazing beyond the visible light spectrum

Science

Why the Potoo Bird is the Most Perfect Buffoon in the Animal Kingdom

And it's relatable, too.<p>By on<p>The revolution will not be televised. It'll be sent to your inbox by us.<p>The world is rife with great and terrible …

Animals

New York’s Met will start charging mandatory $25 fee

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Museum of Art is partially abandoning its ‘‘pay-what-you-wish’’ admissions policy that has made it an egalitarian …

Museums