Research Highlights

The research conducted by the Museum’s scientists contributes to its collections and informs its exhibitions and programs. During fiscal year 2014, Museum researchers produced more than 500 publications, a selection of which are highlighted below.

2013
July 2013
California gnatcatcher not a subspecies
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July 2013
Tracing the evolution of bird brains
August 2013
Relationships between bats, flies, and parasites
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October 2013
Bats harbor many strains of malaria parasite
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November 2013
Fossil of four-million-year-old big cat species discovered
December 2013
Niches of marine species change over time
2014
January 2014
Earliest Caribbean rodents identified
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January 2014
Researchers reveal world of fish biofluorescence
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January 2014
Ice melt changes polar bear diet
January 2014
How stars take shape
February 2014
Lava flows created Chinese fossil beds
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February 2014
Tracking the birthplaces and "lost years" of green turtles
March 2014
Fish flashing may be a mating tactic
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March 2014
New bat species discovered by Museum researchers
Red-Panda-Creative-Commons
April 2014
How red and giant pandas share a food source
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April 2014
Daddy longlegs once had extra eyes
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April 2014
Shark fossils illuminate evolution of jaws
April 2014
Geography influences wasp coloration
April 2014
Mancala games found near Arabian seashore
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May 2014
Astronomers "check the prescription" of a cosmic lens
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May 2014
Discovering a new order of marine life
May 2014
Putting fossils in their place