March 18, 2015
Scientists have resolved pieces of a nearly 200-year-old evolutionary puzzle surrounding the group of mammals that Charles Darwin called the “strangest animals ever discovered.”
February 24, 2015
Thirteen million years ago, as many as seven different species of crocodiles hunted in the swampy waters of what is now northeastern Peru, new research shows.
February 23, 2015
A new study about echinoids—marine animals like sea urchins and sand dollars—gives scientists a reason to rethink a classical pattern of evolution.
January 13, 2015
Opening at the American Museum of Natural History on January 13, Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease explores the factors that determine if a disease is eradicable as well as the scientific and social innovations that are ridding the world of ancient afflictions.
December 22, 2014
New research shows that modern human skeletons evolved into their lightly built form only relatively recently—after the start of the Holocene about 12,000 years ago and even more recently in some human populations.
Press Release, Research
December 1, 2014
Researchers are revising fossil age estimates based on new radiocarbon dates and suggesting that the Arctic and Subarctic were only temporary homes to American mastodons when the climate was warm.
November 11, 2014
From earthquakes and volcanoes to tornadoes and hurricanes, nature’s forces shape our dynamic planet and often endanger people around the world. Opening at the American Museum of Natural History on November 15, Nature’s Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters will uncover the causes of these natural disasters, explore the consequences, and consider the risks they pose.
Education, Events, Exhibitions, Science
October 2, 2014
Scientists have uncovered the fossil of a 52-million-year old beetle that likely was able to live alongside ants—preying on their eggs and usurping resources—within the comfort of their nest.