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In Pictures: Journey to the Stars

In the Milky Way Galaxy alone, there are hundreds of billions of stars. But that hasn't always been the case...

What Do You Know About The Universe?

Test your knowledge about the things we can't see.

Bio Poll

Photos: American toad, Asian multicolored ladybeetle, blood star, blue poison frog, blue-ring top snail, boojum tree, formosan subterranean termite, french angelfish, greater bird of paradise, green acouchi, hygroscopic earthstar, long-tailed salamander, jelly bellies, Mexican redknee tarantula, owl butterfly, radiated tortoise, red spotted newt, rosy periwinkle, sally lightfoot crab, ten spot skimmer dragonfly, the sickener, tusked chameleon, varroa mite, whitespotted boxfish, white's treefrog, witch's butter, yellow fever mosquito: refer to Tree of Life Organism Pages imagery credits; aye-aye: courtesy of Connie Bransilver, Duke University Primate Center buffalo trunkfish (fishes swim): courtesy of John White, California Academy of Sciences; butterfly, city, desert, forest, garbarge, hummingbird, ocean, pigeon, plants, squirrel, volunteer your time, white-tailed spider: AMNH; Carolina parakeet, horned lizard: courtesy of AMNH Department of Library Services; coral: courtesy of Discovery Channel Online; giant squid: AMNH, Hall of Biodiversity; ladybug: courtesy of Albert P. Bekker, California Academy of Sciences; passenger pigeon: AMNH; halls praying mantis: courtesy of Gladys Lucille Smith, California Academy of Sciences; Illustrations: Dzanga-Sangha: Laura Friedman; great auk: courtesy of AMNH Department of Library Services, #6266, extinct 1844. By Charles Hamilton Smith, from Charles Hamilton Smith,Original Drawings, 1795-1859. 23 vols; laughing owl: courtesy of AMNH Department of Library Services, #6253, extinct New Zealand, c. 1914. By John G. Keulemans, from G. D. Rowley, Ornithological miscellany, vol. 1. London: 1875.; O'ahu 'O'o: courtesy of AMNH Department of Library Services, #6286, By John G. Keulemans, from Lionel Walter Rothschild, The avifauna of Laysan and the neighbouring islands, London, 1893-1900; recycle: Eric Hamilton seaweed, soybeans, olive branch, cinnamon: Patricia Wynne

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Bio-Benefits

Illustrations: Eric Hamilton

Did you know that biodiversity provides us with things that we need?

Biodiversity Books

Explore biodiversity with these 12 books.

Chasing Spiders Down Under

Photos: Introductory page: rosy periwinkle: courtesy of James A. Manhart shell: courtesy of Steve Thurston, AMNH; Creatures of the Reefs: photos of Paula Mikkelsen and Dan Brumbaugh: courtesy of Discovery Channel Online shell photos: courtesy of Steve Thurston, AMNH; Magnificent Madagascar: Chris Raxworthy (top): AMNH Chris Raxworthy (middle): courtesy of Chris Raxworthy Mimic-ants: courtesy of Discovery Channel Online; Chasing Spiders Down Under: photos of Valdimir Ovtsharenko: courtesy of Discovery Channel Online; Illustrations: Creatures of the Reefs: Steve Thurston; Magnificent Madagascar, Chasing Spiders Down Under: Barrett Klein

See how an arachnologist studies these eight-legged creatures in Austrailia.

Creatures of the Reef

Photos: Introductory page: rosy periwinkle: courtesy of James A. Manhart shell: courtesy of Steve Thurston, AMNH; Creatures of the Reefs: photos of Paula Mikkelsen and Dan Brumbaugh: courtesy of Discovery Channel Online shell photos: courtesy of Steve Thurston, AMNH; Magnificent Madagascar: Chris Raxworthy (top): AMNH Chris Raxworthy (middle): courtesy of Chris Raxworthy Mimic-ants: courtesy of Discovery Channel Online; Chasing Spiders Down Under: photos of Valdimir Ovtsharenko: courtesy of Discovery Channel Online; Illustrations: Creatures of the Reefs: Steve Thurston; Magnificent Madagascar, Chasing Spiders Down Under: Barrett Klein

See how a scientist studies mollusks in the tropical waters of the Bahamas.

Draw a Monarch

Photos: AMNH; Illustrations: Ivy Rutsky

Learn how to create a scientific illustration of a monarch butterfly in a few easy steps!

Welcome to the Dzanga-Sangha

Photos: Visiting Dzanga-Sangha: Geralyn Abinader: courtesy of Geralyn Abinader, AMNH; Joel Carcraft: courtesy of Joel Cracraft, AMNH; Laura Friedman: courtesy of Laura Friedman, AMNH; Tamara Giles-Vernick: courtesy of Tamara Giles-Vernick; Rebecca Hardin: courtesy of Rebecca Hardin; Michelle Kisliuk: courtesy of Michelle Kisliuk; Sound: Natural sounds: AMNH, courtesy of Exhibition Department; Music: Michelle Kisliuk, Seize the Dance! BaAka Musical Life and the Ethnography of Performance @ 1998 Oxford University Press, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.; Illustrations: Laura Friedman

Play this game to explore the animals and plants in an African rain forest.

Endangered Species Game

Photos: AMNH; Illustrations: Patricia Wynne

Play this game to find out how a law protects animals and plants.

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