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Inside View: The World's Largest Dinosaurs

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The World’s Largest Dinosaurs, a new exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History, goes beyond traditional fossil shows to reveal how dinosaurs actually lived by taking visitors into the amazing biology of a uniquely super-sized group of dinosaurs: the long-necked and long-tailed sauropods, which ranged in size from 15 to 150 feet long.

In this video, go behind the scenes with The World’s Largest Dinosaurs curators Mark Norell and Martin Sander and as they explain the science behind the exhibition. Learn how dinosaur fossils are stored and cataloged from Carl Mehling, a scientific assistant at the Museum.

Tags: Paleontology, Dinosaurs


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!

Tags: Dinosaurs


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.

Tags: Brain, Dinosaurs, Museum Apps

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.

Tags: Dinosaurs, Museum Apps


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