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Beaked Whale

The Most Uncommon Whales?

Most of us know about blue whales, sperm whales, and dolphins (a type of specialized whale). But what about beaked whales, an elusive group that includes nearly a quarter of all living whale species? 

Tags: Mammals, Exhibitions, Whales

Morphobank common ancestor

March Mammal Madness: Enter Our "Name Your Ancestor" Tournament

This month, a team of international researchers led by the American Museum of Natural History and Stony Brook University determined in unprecedented detail what the earliest ancestor of placental mammals—the widely diverse group of animals ranging from whales to bats to humans—looked like.  The Museum is teaming up with WNYC’s Radiolab to sponsor a tournament to name this early ancestor. Want to enter? 

Tags: Paleontology, Our Research, Tree of Life, Mammals, March Mammal Madness

Mt. Etna

Predicting Mt. Etna's Eruptions

Rising nearly 11,000 feet above sea level on the Mediterranean island of Sicily, Mt. Etna is one of the largest, most active volcanoes in the world, producing at least one eruption a year. The volcano's first lava flows of 2013 came this week, on February 19 and 20. Find out how researchers monitor and forecast the location and time of Mt. Etna's activity in this Science Bulletins video. 

Tags: Science Bulletins


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