There are more than 5,400 mammal species—and more than one-fifth of them are bats. In early 2012, Museum Curator Robert S. Voss discovered a new bat species in Peru.
Scientists have shown for the first time that deep-sea fishes that use bioluminescence for communication are diversifying into different species faster than other glowing fishes that use light for camouflage.
For nearly a century, the Solomon Islands—an archipelago of nearly 1,000 islands just east of Papua New Guinea—have beckoned biologists from the American Museum of Natural History with an astonishing diversity of flora and fauna, from beautiful mollusks to reptiles and majestic bird species found nowhere else.
New research led by scientists at the American Museum of Natural History and the City University of New York provides insight to the population distribution and “lost years” of Central Pacific green turtles, the span of time when the turtles hatch, enter the water, and emerge on a feeding ground often hundreds of miles away.