Natural History

The 10 Museums Every Traveler Should Visit in the U.S.

10. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Titusville, Florida<p>Besides its impressive displays, which range from astronaut artifacts to the Saturn V …

Museums

How Neanderthals Got Their Unusually Large Brains

Neanderthals had larger brains than modern humans do, and a new study of a Neanderthal child's skeleton now suggests this is because their brains …

Evolution

Neanderthal children were slow to grow up — just like modern kids

About 49,000 years ago a Neanderthal boy died young. The cause of death isn't clear. Scientists who pored over his bones many millennia later found no signs of fatal trauma or disease. But something cut his life abruptly short about four months shy of his eighth birthday.<p>He left behind a remarkably …

Biology

For Neanderthals, Growing Big Brains Took More Time

We modern humans like to boast about our big brains, but the Neanderthals seem to have had even larger ones.<p>A recent analysis of a 49,000-year-old skeleton belonging to a Neanderthal child suggests a surprising difference between them and us: Neanderthal brains appear to have grown to maturity more …

Evolution

First Look at On Site Opera Company’s World Premiere of Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt

The new musical, written by John Musto and Eric Einhorn, is set to begin performances September 23 at the American Museum of Natural History.<p>The …

American Museum of Natural History

Climate Change IS REAL.

Like<p><b>Like</b> <b>Love</b> <b>Haha</b> <b>Wow</b> <b>Sad</b> <b>Angry</b><p><b>1</b><p>(<b>ThyBlackMan.com</b>) Throughout the history of humankind, there have been incorrect explanations and theories for the cause …

Climate Change

The Color-Changing Marvel of Tree Frogs Looking for Love

When seeking out potential mates, frogs, like humans, will often alter their appearance. While humans are generally content to do up their hair and …

Biological Species

Events for Children in NYC This Week

<i>Our guide to cultural events in New York City for families with children and teenagers.</i><p><b>CENTRAL PARK FAMILY DAY</b> at Wollman Rink (Sept. 24, noon to 3 p.m.; gates open at 11:30 a.m.). You can often find both horses and dogs in Central Park, but those at this event aren’t the usual variety. Part of the …

The Arts

Ancient Marsupial Relative Was Tree-Climbing Oddball

More than 40 million years ago, on a small island that has since coalesced with other islands to become modern-day Turkey, an odd beast the size of a …

Evolution

New York Today: Theater in Odd Places

<i>Good morning on this balmy Thursday, and Shanah Tovah.</i><p>In a tidy, off-white kitchen in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, the smell of burnt onions filled the room where Nadine Malouf was hurriedly preparing kibbe, a Middle Eastern fried ball made with bulgur, lamb and spices.<p>She was sobbing.<p>Not for the …

New York City

Early trilobites had stomachs, new fossil study finds: Remarkable Chinese specimens contradict previous assumptions about trilobite digestive systems and evolution

Remarkable Chinese specimens contradict previous assumptions about trilobite digestive systems and evolution<p>Exceptionally preserved trilobite fossils …

Paleontology

Blog Archive » Peruvian child mummy X-rayed in Texas hospital

An ancient Peruvian mummy that has been part of the collection of the Corpus Christi Museum of Natural History and Science for 60 years received its …

Archaeology

Scientists just sequenced an 18 million year old species that cloned itself

An Asexual Survivor<p>For the first time, a team of researchers has sequenced a tiny, exclusively asexual species of worm that originated around 18 …

Biology

This dance is taken: Hundreds of male frog species change colors around mating time

Some of nature's most vibrant colors occur in frogs, who peek out from rainforests and marshes in startling shades of blue, yellow and red. But for …

Ecology

TripAdvisor names the world's top museums

None<p>TripAdvisor has announced the winners of its 2017 Travelers’ Choice awards for museums. At the top of the list of museums in the U.S. is the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. It was also named the No. 1 museum in the world. TripAdvisor<p>The No. 2 museum in the U.S. is the National WWII …

Museums

Blue Dinosaur Eggs Have Revealed a Surprise About Ancient Bird-Like Creatures

Who knew!?<p>A new study has revealed that at least one dinosaur species laid eggs that were a striking blue-green colour - and that suggests the …

History

These Dinosaurs Had Colorful Eggs Just Like Birds

In the spring, you might find fragmented blue eggshells sitting on the sidewalk, a sign that baby robins hatched somewhere up above. Taking the same …

Dinosaurs

'Expedition: Fashion From the Extreme' Review: Survival Couture

New York<p>Those familiar with the habitat dioramas at the American Museum of Natural History will feel a jolt of recognition at the entrance of “Expedition: Fashion From the Extreme,” the Museum at FIT’s gallant new show. There it is, the Serengeti Plain diorama—same gnarled tree, same golden …

Lifestyle

Mystery Fossil Finally Confirmed to Be an Animal After 70 Years of Research

Ooookay, this is a weird one.<p>How animals evolved on Earth is somewhat murky. We know that most major animal phyla we see today appeared during the …

Science

Here's How to View Tonight's Super Rare Celestial Event

The moon is blocking out three planets in less than 24 hours.<p>Stargazers have been blessed with several major celestial events this year, including …

Travel

Don’t Blame Pigs for Swine Flu—Species Hopping Is How Viruses Evolve

When new species evolve, where do their viruses come from? As little more than free-ranging bundles of genetic material, viruses desperately need to …

Biology

Genes Color a Butterfly’s Wings. Now Scientists Want to Do It Themselves.

Only nature can paint the gorgeous colors and patterns on a butterfly’s wings. But scientists said on Monday that they have mastered the first steps and hope in time to control the entire coloring system, making it possible to design living butterfly wings.<p>The patterning and colors on butterflies’ …

Biology

This Temporary Exhibit Explores the Permanence of Body Art

Opening November 19 at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles, "Tattoo" explores the 5,000-year-old tradition of marking skin with ink.<p>Examining …

Tattoos

The remains of the victims of Germany’s first genocide are in the American Natural History museum

Walking through the American Museum of Natural History, Barnabas Veraa Katuuo found the bones of what could have been his ancestors, murdered in Germany’s first genocide. Katuuo has accused the famed New York City museum of storing the remains of Namibia’s ovaHerero and Nama peoples as part of …

European History

Do Animals Murder Each Other?

Watch a wildlife show on television, and you'll likely see at least one scene of an animal killing another, whether it's a brown bear catching salmon …

Science

As Oceans Alkalized, Life Developed Bones and Shells

A critical feature of many multicellular lifeforms on Earth are hard, biological structures, such as animal bones and snail shells that are made from …

Evolution

The Science Museum And Natural History Museum Had a Massive Twitter Argument, And We Love It.

Dinosaurs vs Robots.<p>Sometimes you've just got to ask the big questions in life. Just as Twitter user @bednarz did on Wednesday, asking who would win …

Science

Flying dinosaurs? This show takes science to a new level for kids

They were the largest flying animals that ever lived. With brilliant crests and wingspans the size of small airplanes, pterosaurs were neither …

Dinosaurs

Was Stegosaurus’ spiky tail was simply ornamental or used for self-defense? Recent evidence seems to point to the quadruped’s ability to fend off predators with its formidable spiny weapon. Among known Stegosaurus fossils, roughly 10 percent have damaged tail spikes that started to heal and regrow while they were still alive, indicating that their tails often sustained injuries, potentially in self-defense. A bone injury found on an Allosaurus fossil matches the size and scale of a Stegosaurus tail spike, and one study suggests that a piece of the Stegosaurus’ bone remained lodged in the Allosaurus’ vertebra. Fun fact: Many paleontologists informally refer to the dinosaur tail spikes as “thagomizer,” a term originally coined as a joke, for a Far Side cartoon.

Dinosaurs

Why Buddhism is True (And Why You Can Blame Natural Selection for Your Suffering)

<b>At the risk of overdramatizing the human condition: Have you ever</b> seen the movie The Matrix? It’s about a guy named Neo (played by Keanu Reeves), who …

Buddhism