The Patricia Emerald is among the world’s most magnificent uncut emeralds. “Only a small number of large emeralds have been saved, and we are indeed lucky to have one of the fabulous few,” says George Harlow, curator in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.
In this excerpt from the redesigned twenty-fifth anniversary edition of the classic Gems & Crystals, Curator George Harlow explains the history and science of the famed ornamental stone.
New Mexico's most famous fossil site houses the remains of many species of dinosaurs and related animals.
A few choice specimens from the Museum’s wasp nest collection illustrate the diversity and beauty of these impressive structures.