Research Highlights

The research conducted by the Museum’s scientists contributes to its collections and informs its exhibitions and programs. During fiscal years 2012 and 2013, Museum researchers produced more than 750 publications, a selection of which are highlighted below.

2011
July 2011
Venom evolution in pit vipers may be defensive
02_crocodile
July 2011
Mummy DNA solves riddle of Nile Crocodile
03_beespecies
November 2011
Eleven new bee species
December 2011
Genome-based tree of life for seed plants
05_ancientamber
December 2011
Ancient amber symbiosis
2012
06_jadeartifact
January 2012
Rare jade artifact discovered
07_parasiticworms
February 2012
DNA barcoding of parasitic worms
08_microraptor
March 2012
Microraptor feathers were iridescent
April 2012
Uncovering ammonite habitats
May 2012
Dinosaur decline
11_modernbird
May 2012
Modern bird-juvenile dinosaur skull comparison
12_supramap
May 2012
Supramap application goes worldwide
13_featheredtheropod
July 2012
Feathered theropod dinosaur
14_project1640
July 2012
Project 1640 begins survey
15_ancientrodent
July 2012
New species of ancient rodent
16_caviar
July 2012
DNA testing of caviar
17_oceanhealth
August 2012
New index for ocean health
18_amberarthropods
August 2012
Amber arthropods
19_cavefish
August 2012
Sister cave fish
20_duckbill
October 2012
Duck-bill dinosaur teeth
October 2012
Center for Biodiversity and Conservation hosts third annual New York-based Student Conference on Conservation Science
22_asteroid
December 2012
Asteroid, meteorite surface analysis
2013
23_mammalancestor
February 2013
Mammal ancestor traced
24_beehealth
March 2013
Bumble bee health
25_reconnaissance
March 2013
Reconnaissance of remote solar system
April 2013
Greener Arctic predicted
27_oaxaca
April 2013
Excavations in Oaxaca reveal earliest-known temple precinct
28_termite
April 2013
Termite treatise
April 2013
Milstein Science Symposium: Understanding Ecological and Social Resilience in Island Systems
30_greenalgae
May 2013
Green algae’s appetite for bacteria
30_oldestprimate
June 2013
Oldest primate skeleton