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Identical twins have the exact same genes, but their fingerprints are unique.

Bats are the only mammals that can truly fly.

Fireflies aren't flies at all. They're beetles!

Many sauropods grew new teeth as often as once a month, as old ones wore out.

Antarctica is a continent surrounded by ocean. The Arctic is the opposite, an expanse of ocean surrounded by continents.

If melted, the ice sheets covering Antarctica would raise global sea level by almost 70 meters (230 feet).

"Shooting stars" are actually meteors.

Some meteorites are as old as the solar system.

Koalas are not bears. They're marsupials and are more closely related to kangaroos.

Half a million neurons form every minute during the first five months in the womb.

Some meteorites are small pieces of the moon. 

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Plates on the Move

Photos: Explore How Plates Affect Your World: Alaska earthquake: USGS; Mount St. Helens: U.S. Department of Interior; San Francisco earthquake: USGS; Hawaii: NASA; Mid-Atlantic Ridge: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; Chile earthquake: USGS; Mount Etna: NASA; Turkey earthquake: USGS; Mount Kilimanjaro: NASA; Himalayas mountains: NASA; Krakatau volcano: courtesy of R.W. Decker,; Mount Fuji: NASA and AMSR-E; How Plates Affect Our Planet: Mount Rainier: United States Geological Survey (USGS); Himalayas mountains: NASA; Appalachian mountains: National Park Service (NPS); Alaska earthquake: USGS; San Francisco earthquake: USGS; Hawaiian hot spot: USGS; Old Faithful geyser: INEEL; Illustrations: flat maps of the Earth: courtesy of AMNH; plate movements, event icons, Pangaea: Eric Hamilton; Earth cutaway: courtesy of AMNH

Horse Gaits Flipbooks: Walk, Trot, and Gallop!

Photos: Eadweard Muybridge

Meet the OLogist: Melanie Stiassny

Photos: Natural History Museum, Charles Darwin: courtesy of The Natural History Museum, London; Cichlid and babies, Children fishing, Melanie and helpers, Testing water, Melanie's nets, New species, Melanie and colleague, ET's fish, Melanie fishing: courtesy of AMNH, Melanie Stiassny; Fish collections, Type specimen: courtesy of AMNH; Seagrass meadow: courtesy of NOAA, Heather Dine; Mary Kingsley: courtesy of West African Study, Mcmillian, London; Dolphins: courtesy of Golden State Images; Oil spill: courtesy of NOAA; Restoration Center, Passenger pigeon: courtesy of AMNH, Sharon Simpson; Beach cleanup: courtesy of NOAA; Restoration Research Program; Mangrove: courtesy of OAR, National Undersea Research Program; Binoculars: courtesy of National Park Service


Dark Universe Red Shift Interior

New Space Show: Dark Universe

Dark Universe celebrates the pivotal discoveries that have led us to greater knowledge of the structure and history of the universe and our place in it—and to new frontiers for exploration.

November 2, 2013

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The Power of Poison

Whether as a defense against predators, a source of magical strength, or as a lethal weapon used as lifesaving treatment, the story of poison is surprising at every turn. The Power of Poison, a special exhibition that opens November 16, 2013, explores poison’s paradoxical roles in nature, human health and history, literature, and myth.

November 16, 2013 - August 10, 2014


Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs

The fossils of ancient winged reptiles known as pterosaurs have puzzled paleontologists for hundreds of years. Find out what incredible new discoveries are revealing about this extraordinary group of animals. 

April 5, 2014 - January 4, 2015

Wolf Spider

Spiders Alive!

Discover some of the planet's most versatile animals in an exhibit that features live spiders, larger-than-life models, fossils, and more.

July 4, 2014 - November 2, 2014

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Pterosaurs: The Card Game!

Challenge your friends to this pterosaurs card game. Along the way, explore animals and plants that lived during the Mesozoic Era.

We're All About Poison!

Will it kill you or cure you? Take this quiz to find out.

Watch two vase paintings come to life, and find out how poison can be used for good... or evil!

Meet the Poison OLogists

Find out why The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland is Mande Holford's favorite poison story, why Mark Siddall wants to study bright red mushrooms, and how Robert Voss thinks poisons can be used for good.


Early Childhood and Family Learning at the American Museum of Natural History provides exciting science learning opportunities for young children and families through OLogy, the Discovery Room, the Science and Nature Program, and Public Programs.
Support for Early Childhood and Family Learning has been provided by the Filomen M. D'Agostino Foundation, Mona and Ravi Sinha.
Additional funding has been provided by Joyce and Bob Giuffra, John and Amy Griffin, and Valerie and Wright Ohrstrom.

The initial development of OLogy was made possible by a generous grant from the Louis Calder Foundation.

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