November 9, 2015
The La Brea Tar Pits, the world’s richest Ice Age fossil site, is famous for saber-toothed cats, mammoths, and giant sloths, but it also has numerous insect and plant fossils. New research on fossil galls—abnormal plant growths caused, in this case, by tiny wasps—helps reconstruct the local habitats of Southern California at the end of the last Ice Age. The work, led by Anna R. Holden of the Richard Gilder Graduate School at the American Museum of Natural History and the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, was recently published in the journal Quaternary Research.
November 5, 2015
Opening on November 7, 2015, The Secret World Inside You, a special exhibition from the American Museum of Natural History, uses larger-than-life models, computer interactives, videos, art installations, and a live theater to explore the rapidly evolving science that is revolutionizing how we view human health and understand the inner workings of our bodies.
October 6, 2015
A new study on Homo naledi, the extinct human relative whose remains were discovered in a South African cave and introduced to the world last month, suggests that although its feet were the most human-like part of its body, H. naledi didn’t use them to walk in the same way we do.
September 29, 2015
In a portion of Manitoba, Canada, so remote you have to fly in by helicopter, a research team led by the University of North Dakota and the American Museum of Natural History spent the summer deploying the latest tool in a nearly five-decade-old ecological study: unmanned aerial systems (UAS).
September 28, 2015
This is the advance schedule of exhibitions and programs at the American Museum of Natural History from fall 2015 through summer 2016.
September 25, 2015
Generations of visitors have flocked to see the renowned blue whale and iconic Tyrannosaurus rex, among other fossil dinosaurs, at the American Museum of Natural History. In January 2016, the Museum will add another must-see exhibit when a cast of a 122-foot-long dinosaur will be installed on the fourth floor. Paleontologists have inferred that this dinosaur, a giant herbivore that belongs to a group known as titanosaurs, weighed in at around 77 tons—as much as 14 or 15 African elephants.
September 4, 2015
As climate change accelerates ice melt in the Arctic, polar bears may find caribou and snow geese replacing seals as an important food source, shows a recent study.
August 17, 2015
This fall, the American Museum of Natural History presents The Secret World Inside You, a special exhibition that explores the rapidly evolving science that is revolutionizing how we view human health.