Natural History

Spotlight Asia: Year Of The Rooster

The Museum’s Lunar New Year festival focuses on the Rooster, a character who greets the rising sun, banishes darkness, and is known for his …

Museums

Special Event: Romance Under the Stars

Lectures and Special Events<p>Special Event: Romance Under the Stars<p><b>February 14, 2017</b><p>Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a unique date night in the Hayden …

Museums

Natural Selection Is Taking "Education Genes" Out of the Gene Pool

While the movie <i>Idiocracy</i> isn’t a great one, its concept is genius: A man of average intelligence goes to sleep for 200 years and awakens to find …

Evolutionary Biology

Watch AMNH's Giant Blue Whale Get Its Annual Cleaning

The American Museum of Natural History in New York is home to a one-ton, 94-foot-long blue whale model that hangs above the Hall of Ocean Life. And …

American Museum of Natural History

A new theory on what killed the dinosaurs

Researchers have new insights into the "turning point in Earth history" that killed the dinosaurs

Natural History Museums

Red and giant pandas share similarities at the gene level, too

Some of the genes identified seem to be involved in bamboo digestion.<p>Bats and birds both have wings, even though they didn’t evolve from a common …

Evolutionary Biology

Natural History Museum St. Gallen / Michael Meier Marius Hug Architekten+ Armon Semadeni Architekten

<i>From the architect.</i> The new building of the Natural History Museum St. Gallen carries on the existing ensemble of public buildings and facilities …

Architecture

Thriving on Ice

<i>In the special exhibition</i> <b>Life at the Limits</b><i>, visitors can find out which species live in some of the hottest, coldest, and deepest, places on the</i> …

Nature

Island Life Drove Lemur Evolution

With their isolation and unchanging borders, islands can serve as useful laboratories for the study of evolution. One of the reasons for this is that …

Biology

Colossal diamond’s eerie glow Earns It a Fiery Name

Several weeks before it went on display in mid-November at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, minerals curator Jeff Post stood in …

Natural History Museums

Mapped: The countries with the most volcanoes

One might be forgiven for thinking there is only a smattering of volcanoes across our planet.<p>It is only ever the big ones that become household names – Etna, Vesuvius, Krakatoa, Eyjafjallajökull – so there can’t be that many more, right?<p>Wrong.<p>According to the National Museum of Natural History’s …

Natural History Museums

Museum Trustee, a Trump Donor, Supports Groups That Deny Climate Change

The American Museum of Natural History has long been on the front lines of the climate change discussion, as its scientists study the potential damage and its educators try to alert new generations to the dangers of global warming.<p>The depth of that mission is evident in the numerous exhibitions at …

American Museum of Natural History

United Nations Hotel named New York City interior landmark

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United Nations Hotel's first-floor interior including a mirrored windowless restaurant was designated a New York City landmark on Tuesday by a city commission, honoring it as representative of 1970s and '80s architectural style.<p>The designation applies to the hotel's …

American Museum of Natural History

New Dates Obtained for Bones from Canada’s Bluefish Caves

MONTREAL, CANADA—New radiocarbon dates have been obtained for animal-bone fragments discovered in northern Yukon’s Bluefish Caves in the 1970s, …

Anthropology

Give me six!: Two strange mammals illuminate the process of natural selection

Give me six!Two strange mammals illuminate the process of natural selection<p>What distantly related pandas reveal about genetics<p>Science and …

Biology

Detailed images of American Museum of Natural History capture vivid life by Studio Gang

<b>New images for the American Museum of Natural History (</b><b>AMNH</b><b>) have been revealed by</b> <b>Studio Gang</b><b>, capturing vivid life in the interior with cave-like</b> …

American Museum of Natural History

Watch the human population skyrocket in 200 years

<b><br>It took 200,000 years for the human population</b> to reach a billion – and only 200 years to reach seven billion.<p>But growth has slowed as women have …

American Museum of Natural History

14 Ways To Learn A Little More About Yourself In 2017

If you can’t understand the world, try starting with yourself.<p>1. Learn the story behind your health and ancestry with a 23andMe kit.<p>$199 and a healthy amount of saliva will get you a full mapping of practically everything you’ve ever wondered about how you got to be the way you are. The …

American Museum of Natural History

Microbiome Monday: How Do We Build Our Microbiomes?

<i>Did you know that our microbiomes—the population of microbes living in and on each of us—are mostly formed by age 3? Before the Museum’s upcoming</i> …

Life Sciences

Frontiers Lecture: The Twisted Universe

You may have heard of the Big Bang – but what was the universe like before that fateful beginning? In this podcast, Brian Keating traces the history …

Space Science

The Smithsonian loses one of its top scientists after a bitter conflict with administrators

Kristofer Helgen, a highly regarded mammalogist and curator at the National Museum of Natural History, has left the Smithsonian in the wake of a bitter, months-long conflict with administrators.<p>Helgen, 36, had been accused of research misconduct during a high-profile collecting expedition in Kenya. …

Natural History Museums

13 Amazing Things That Happened on a Friday the 13th

If you believe Friday the 13th is a day marked only by bad luck and running from an evil hockey enthusiast at a defunct summer camp, it’s time to …

American Museum of Natural History

A fossil marvel from Bears Ears

On Dec. 28, President Obama declared Bears Ears in southeastern Utah a national monument. The Post supported this decision in its Dec. 31 editorial “Protecting a national treasure.” I am nearly certain that neither the president nor The Post’s editors know that a piece of fossilized wood from Bears …

Natural History Museums

The Story Behind This Week’s Best Sellers

<b>Resolved:</b> January is self-help season — all those resolute readers, still nursing champagne hangovers and chocolate tummy aches, snatch up titles like “Food, Health and Happiness” (No. 1 on the advice, how-to and miscellaneous list) and “The Lose Your Belly Diet” (No. 2 on the same list), which …

American Museum of Natural History

Scientists engineer animals with ancient genes to test causes of evolution

The research, published early online in <i>Nature Ecology & Evolution</i> on Jan. 13, is a major step forward for efforts to study the genetic basis of …

Biology

Exhibition at New York’s American Museum of Natural History is bringing Cuba’s natural heritage to life

<b>When we think of Cuba, the first things that might spring to mind are rum, mambo, and cigars … if not necessarily in that order.</b><p>The island nation is also an absolute haven for biodiversity, with flora and fauna not seen anywhere else in the world. An exhibition at the American Museum of Natural …

American Museum of Natural History

3D-scanned ‘trillennium man’ predicts what evolution has in store for us

Most of us have had the experience of being in a museum and seeing skeletons or models of prehistoric humans and trying to make sense in our minds of …

Evolutionary Biology

London’s latest events discovery app Revl exits stealth after raising £2.4 million Seed

After news broke that YPlan had been acquired by Time Out Group for significantly less than the approximately £31 million that the London startup had raised, you’d be forgiven for thinking there would be little appetite for a new events discovery and booking platform.<p>However, that isn’t stopping …

Startups

Mongolia seeks to crush fossil black market

<b>FLAMING CLIFFS</b> <b>(AFP)</b><b>.-</b> For years, herder Gelegrash had a sideline bringing tourists to see a dinosaur skull hidden near the Flaming Cliffs in …

American Museum of Natural History

Mysterious fossils find place on the tree of life

<b>A strange animal that lived on the ocean floor 500 million years ago has been assigned to the tree of life, solving a long-held mystery.</b><p>The creature has eluded scientific classification since the first fossil was discovered 175 years ago.<p>The extinct hyolith has a cone-shaped shell, tentacles for …

Fossils