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Name the Mamenchisaurus Contest

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She’s new in town and she needs a name! Meet Mamenchisaurus, an 18-year-old vegetarian known for her 30-foot-long neck and for being one of the world’s largest dinosaurs. She recently arrived at the American Museum of Natural History, and thousands of people have come to see her so far. Like a lot of 18-year-olds, she also happens to love tweeting. But her full name, Mamenchisaurus hochuanensis, is too long to tweet. So let’s give her a nickname!

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New York Times Highlights Technology at the Museum

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From tweetups to touring the Museum using AMNH Explorer, The New York Times features the Museum’s digital efforts in a special section out today.

Writing about social media, Jennifer Preston focuses on two recent Museum tweetups that offered participants behind-the-scenes tours of the collections and looks at two exhibitions, Brain: The Inside Story and The World’s Largest Dinosaurs, which opens April 16.

A separate article about smartphone apps praises AMNH Explorer for taking “full advantage of the latest technology” by using the Museum’s wi-fi network to pinpoint a user’s location. “The app’s distinguishing feature is both ingenious and pragmatic,” writes Sam Grobart. “In addition to exhibitions, the app can point visitors toward cafes, gift shops and—an especially valuable feature for those traveling with children—bathrooms.”

And in a story about how a small computer called an Arduino has revolutionized exhibition design, Nick Bilton points to interactive exhibits at the Museum, including one in Brain: The Inside Story that tests a person’s ability to draw a shape while looking only at a reflection.

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Update to Museum’s Dinosaurs App Adds Nine Species

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There are now nine more dinosaurs to explore using the Museum’s Dinosaurs app for iPhone and iPod touch, which this week added new chapters with detailed species profiles, photos and renderings, stories about specimens’ discoveries, and more.

The new chapters include a look at Mamenchisaurus hochuanensis, the sauropod known for its exceptionally long neck. With an adult length of 60 feet, including a 30-foot-long neck, and height of 11 feet at the shoulder, Mamenchisaurus is the largest dinosaur discovered in China to date. A life-sized model of this colossal animal is at the center of the upcoming exhibition, The World’s Largest Dinosaurs, which opens at the Museum April 16.

The app update also includes links to dinosaur videos on the Museum’s YouTube channel and recent podcasts. Learn more about the app here and download it for free from iTunes.


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Museum Hosts Dinosaur Tweetup

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After the Museum closed on Thursday, March 3, tweeters gathered beneath the towering Apatosaurus and Tyrannosaurus rexin the Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs for the Museum’s Dinosaur Tweetup. Choosing from a slate of tours, groups of tweeters headed to behind-the-scenes destinations for a conversation with one of the Museum’s scientists, a preview of a major upcoming exhibition, and a  close look at some of the specimens in the collections,

In his office on the Museum’s off-limits sixth floor, paleontologist Mark Norell, co-curator of the upcoming exhibition The World’s Largest Dinosaurs and chair of the Division of Paleontology at the Museum, met with tweeters to discuss his current research and show an unnamed fossil specimen.

Tweeters also visited the Exhibition Design Studio to see the preparations underway for The World’s Largest Dinosaurs, which opens April 16. Senior Vice President for Exhibition David Harvey revealed the partially constructed model of a Mamenchisaurus, which will reach 60 feet in length. Tweeters also got a glimpse of a colossal sauropod femur and of the exhibition in miniature.

Finally, in the Big Bone Room, paleontology collections manager Carl Mehling told stories of dinosaur-hunters of the past and presented some of the largest items in the Museum’s collection. Highlights included a look at a fossilized dinosaur brooding eggs and the chance to touch a 70-million-year-old impression of dinosaur skin.

Read more about the tweetup in these posts from participants @alana_margaret and @anthinpractice, find out what tweeters had to say by following the #AMNHTweetup hashtag, and check out the photos on Flickr. Follow @AMNH on Twitter for more news from the Museum and stay tuned for information on upcoming tweetups and other events.

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Museum Announces March 3 Dinosaur Tweetup

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Did you know that dinosaur bones contain growth rings, like the rings in tree trunks, which reveal yearly periods of rapid and slow growth? Or that sauropods, the largest known dinosaurs, probably survived on a diet of plants? This is your chance to learn about dinosaurs — and to tweet all about it!

Join us on Thursday, March 3, at 6 pm for the Museum’s next tweetup, which will focus on some of the most fascinating animals ever to walk the Earth. Learn about dinosaurs, meet paleontologists, go behind the scenes to see how fossils are stored, and get a sneak preview of The World’s Largest Dinosaurs, a new exhibition that opens April 16. Enjoy refreshments in the Museum’s famous fossil halls and meet other @AMNH followers and staff.

Visit the registration page to sign up today. The Museum will notify all selected participants on February 23. The Museum’s January tweetup focused on Brain: The Inside Story. To learn more, check out these photos or read this post.

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