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Humans and chimps share 98.8 percent of their DNA.

Sharks are more ancient than dinosaurs.

Bats are the only mammals that can truly fly.

There are more than 1 million species of insects and spiders.

There are more than 5.400 species of mammals living today.

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

Camel humps don't store water. They store fat, which provides energy.

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

Carly's Adventures In Wasp Land

Follow Carly's comic book adventures in Wasp Land.

You Are The Queen

Can you build a successful wasp colony? Make the right choices and your offspring might have a future! 

Wonderful World of Wasps

Wasps can live in hives of thousands, but did you know that most wasps are solitary? Get the facts on these amazing little creatures. 

North American Mammals Coloring Book

Bring six North American mammals to life with this coloring book.

Talking to Fireflies

Have you ever wondered why and how fireflies flash?

Make Your Own Creatures of Light

Create land and sea animals that "glow" in the dark!

Mammal Booklist

Learn more about mammals with these books and DVDs.

Mammal Flip Books

How do mammals move? Make flipbooks to see six different mammals in action.

Moving Mammals

Illustrations: AMNH

Explore how mammals run, fly, swim, walk, hop, and swing!

In Pictures: Extreme Mammals

Photos: John Flynn, pangolin, ©AMNH/D.Finnin. Cynognathus, Repenomamus, spectacled bear, musk-ox skull, platypus, ©AMNH/R.Mickens. Tasmanian tiger, ©AMNH/J.Beckett. Woolly Mammoth, ©AMNH/C.Knight. Glyptodont, ©AMNH/M.Anton. Alaskan moose, ©AMNH. Boys, ©M.Tarr. Beaver, bat, opossam, bat, ©iStock. Sugar glider, manatee, ©Big Stock Photo. Kangaroo, ©Shutterstock.

Take a look at some unusual living and extinct mammals.

In Pictures: Flamingos

F.Arengo/AMNH-CBC; O.Rocha/BIOTA

Find out what's so fascinating about these beautiful, pink birds.

In Pictures: CSI with DNA

See how genetics is used to solve crimes!

Meet the OLogist: George Amato

Tracking a gorilla can get hairy. Literally. Just ask George Amato.

The Butterfly Kingdom

This is a collaborative project between the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) and the National Museum of Natural Science in Taiwan (NMNS) to share and exchange their digital resources and extend their outreach to global audiences.Photos: © National Museum of Natural Science Taiwan

Find out about Taiwan's fascinating fluttering insects.

Tree of Life

Photos: (A special thanks to the California Academy of Sciences for their generous photo contribution); Introductory page American robin, Asian multicolored ladybird beetle, crocodile skink, Jeffery pine, long-tailed salamander, red lionfish, robust lancetooth, smooth flower coral, Salmonella enteriditis: refer to Organism Pages credits below; Joel Cracraft: courtesy of Joel Cracraft, AMNH Cladogram page DNA: courtesy of Denis Finnin, AMNH, The Genomic Revolution Exhibit animals: AMNH, spectrum of life in Hall of Biodiversity; Bilateria: formosan subterranean termite: courtesy of Scott Bauer, Agricultural Research Service; vertebrates, tetrapods, sauropsids, diapsids: AMNH, Hall of Vertebrate Origins; How to Read a Cladogram page: fruit photos excluding watermelon: AMNH; watermelon: courtesy of Ken Hammond, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Organism pages: True Bacteria: Escherichia coli: courtesy of Michael Elowitz Nodularia: Hans Paerl, author. Licensed for use, ASM MicrobeLibrary; Salmonella enteriditis: courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture; Staphylococcus: courtesy of Louis de Vos, BIODIC; Protoctists: Acetabularia, Amoeba proteus, Navicula, Paramecium, Tetrahymena pyriformis: courtesy of Louis de Vos, BIODIC Macrocystis; pyrifera: courtesy of Gary McCarthy, underwater-photos; Peridinium gatunese: courtesy of Susan Carty; Green plants: American rockbrake: courtesy of Larry Blakely, California Academy of Sciences; boojum tree: courtesy of Jules Strauss, California Academy of Sciences; cassava plant: courtesy of Roger Harris, Jungle Photos; Jeffrey pine: courtesy of Robert Potts, California Academy of Sciences; rosy periwinkle: courtesy of James A. Manhart; yellow starthistle: courtesy of Peggy Greb, Agricultural Research Service; Fungi: giant puffball, hygroscopic earthstar, the sickener, turkey tails, woolly chanterelle: Br. Alfred Brousseau, Saint Mary's College, California Academy of Sciences; jelly bellies, witch's Butter: courtesy of Dr. Robert Thomas and Margaret Orr, California Academy of Sciences; penicillium: courtesy of Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, FDA; Cnidarians: California cup coral: courtesy of Gerald and Buff Corsi, California Academy of Sciences; eggyolk jellyfish: courtesy of Garry McCarthy, underwater-photos; smooth flower coral, gorgonian coral: AMNH, spectrum of life in Hall of Biodiversity; portuguese man-of-war: courtesy of Dr. Thomas M. Scott, Florida Geological Survey; swimming anemone, tube anemone: courtesy of Garry McCarthy, California Academy of Sciences; symmetrical brain coral: courtesy of Eugene Weber, California Academy of Sciences; Mollusks: cuttlefish, chambered nautilus: AMNH, spectrum of life in Hall of Biodiversity; greater blue-ringed octopus: courtesy of Roy Caldwell; opalescent inshore squid, purple ring top snail, spanish shawl nudibranch: courtesy of Garry McCarthy, underwater photos; robust lancetooth: courtesy of Gerald and Buff Corsi, California Academy of Sciences; Pacific pearl oyster: courtesy of AMNH Department of Library Services, #K15574; Arthropods: Asian multicolored ladybird beetle, formosan subterranean termite, leaf-cutting ant, Mediterranean fruit fly, mustached mud bee, varroa mite: courtesy of Scott Bauer, Agricultural Research Service; owl butterfly, white-tailed spider: AMNH; pseudoscorpion: courtesy of Dr. Antonio J. Ferreira, California Academy of Sciences; Mexican redknee tarantula, sally lightfoot crab, ten-spot skimmer dragonfly: courtesy of Gerald and Buff Corsi, California Academy of Sciences; yellow fever mosquito: courtesy of Agricultural Research Service; Echinoderms: blood star, sand dollar, sea bat: courtesy of Gerald and Buff Corsi, California Academy of Sciences; slate pencil urchin: courtesy of Eugene Weber, California Academy of Sciences; sunflower seastar: courtesy of Sherry Ballard, California Academy of Sciences; Ray-finned fish: electric eel: courtesy of Alan Hill, fishbase; french angelfish: courtesy of Eugene Weber, California Academy of Sciences; Pacific seahorse, red lionfish: courtesy of Gerald and Buff Corsi, California Academy of Sciences; radial firefish: courtesy of H. Vannoy Davis, California Academy of Sciences; Amphibia: American toad, blue poison frog, long-tailed salamander, red spotted newt, white's treefrog: courtesy of John White, California Academy of Sciences; goliath frog: AMNH, Hall of Reptiles; hellbender: courtesy of Brad Moon, California Academy of Sciences; Mammals: caracal, giant panda, giraffe, green acouchi, warthog: courtesy of John White, California Academy of Sciences; aye-aye: AMNH, Hall of Biodiversity; human: AMNH; orca: courtesy of AMNH Department of Library Services, #1513; Turtles & Tortoises: aladabra tortoise, map turtle: courtesy of John White, California Academy of Sciences; Indian star tortoise, radiated tortoise: AMNH, spectrum of life in Hall of Biodiversity; leatherback sea turtle: courtesy of AMNH Department of Library Services, #1927; Lizards & Snakes: corn snake, crocodile skink, Eastern worm snake, Northern redbelly snake: courtesy of John White, California Academy of Sciences; Egyptian spiny-tailed lizard: courtesy of AMNH Department of Library Services, #K11268; king cobra: courtesy of Duncan McCrae Herpafauna Kings; alligator lizard: courtesy of AMNH Department of Library Services, #K11592; Komodo dragon: courtesy of Gerald and Buff Corsi, California Academy of Sciences; tusked chameleon: California Academy of Sciences; Birds & Crocodilians: American crocodile: courtesy of Gerald and Buff Corsi, California Academy of Sciences; American robin, Morelet's crocodile, Schneider's dwarf caiman: courtesy of John White, California Academy of Sciences; California condor: courtesy of David Clendenen, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; emu: courtesy of Larry Rana, U.S. Department of Agriculture; greater bird of paradise: courtesy of AMNH Department of Library Services, #pk18; snowy owl: courtesy of AMNH Department of Library Services, #pk372; whooping crane: courtesy of Gloria Hopkins

Explore this family tree of living things on Earth.

Saving Species

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

Take a world-wide tour of biodiversity with three scientists.

Crazy Camouflage

Photos: Flounder: courtesy of NOAA Sea Grant Program, James P. McVey; Mimic octopus: courtesy of NOAA, Susan Ritman Macdonald; Stonefish: Jeffrey Rosenfeld; Sea dragon: courtesy of California Academy of Sciences, John White; Supplies; What to Do: all photos: courtesy of AMNH

Create a flounder fish that's hard to spot!

What's This?

Photos: Frozen Tissue Collection: All specimens from the Frozen Tissue Collection, frilled leaf-tailed gecko: AMNH / Denis Finnin cryovat, test tubes: AMNH / Craig Chesek humpback whale: John J. Mosesso / NBII coyote: AMNH; Gold: gold sheet mouflon, miniature sacrificial figurine, Spanish coins: AMNH / Craig Chesek Inca necklace: AMNH / Denis Finnin Eureka Bar: AMNH / Roderick Mickens astronaut in space: NASA computer chip: stock.xchng; Leeches: jaw: Eye of Science / Photo Researchers, Inc. bite mark: Geoff Tompkinson / Photo Researchers, Inc. leech feeding on snail: Edward Hendrycks, reproduce courtesy of the Canadian Museum of Nature leeches before and after blood meal, leeches on foot, American Medicinal Leech, Malagobdella vagans, Mark Siddall in swamp: courtesy of Mark Siddall; Dioramas: AMNH / Roderick Mickens; Mythic Creatures: All photos courtesy of American Museum of Natural History; Vietnam: pygmi loris, Tonkin snub-nosed monkey: Tilo Nadler / Frankfurt Zoological Society Oriental pit viper: Robert W. Murphy / Royal Ontario Museum scientists with camera trap: Kevin Frey / AMNH Center for Biodiversity and Conservation saola: European Commission, Social Forestry and Nature Conservation

Can you tell the difference between a giraffe's bones and those from a mammoth? Test your knowledge of fossils.

Keeping a Field Journal

Illustrations: Animals: Steve Thurston; Journal Page: Carl Mehling

Want to figure out the wildlife in your area and the impact of genetics? Start a field journal, and track how your favorite critter looks and behaves.

Rubber Blubber Gloves

Photos: Pilot whale: courtesy of California Academy of Sciences, John H. Tashjian; Supplies; What to Do: all photos: courtesy of AMNH

How do whales and walruses stay warm in chilly waters? Grab some gloves and find out.

Draw a Monarch

Photos: AMNH; Illustrations: Ivy Rutsky

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

Horse Books

Are you fascinated with horses? Read more about them with these books.

Horse Gaits Flipbooks: Walk, Trot, and Gallop!

Photos: Eadweard Muybridge

How do horses move? Find out with these flipbooks.

Beautiful Breeds

Explore amazing facts about some of the 200 breeds of horses living today.

Ocean Creature Feature

Photos: Striped bass courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Orange roughy: courtesy of NOAA, Ocean Explorer; Sea otter: courtesy of USGS, R. Mattison; Giant sea spider: courtesy of AMNH, Norbert Wu; Triton trumpet: courtesy of National Marine Fisheries Service, Andrew Bruckner; Snowy egret: courtesy of AMNH Department of Library Services; Brown pelican: courtesy of NOAA; Giant tube worms: courtesy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

What adaptations help these creatures survive?

Feed the Birds

Photos: AMNH

Make your own bird feeder and record your observations in a bird journal.

They Glow!

Photos: Flashlight fish: courtesy of John E. Randall; Lanternfish: Monterey Bay Aquarium; Bioluminescence animation: Armistead Booker

Discover how these deep sea creatures create their own light!

Make Your Own Horse Stationery

Illustrations: Sean Murtha

Send a note to a friend with these horsey letterheads.

Slowing the Flow

All photos: courtesy of AMNH

How do mammals respond to cold water? Take the plunge into icy water and find out.

Create a Coral Reef

Photos: Brain coral: courtesy of ReefNews, Jonathan Dowell; Fan coral: courtesy of Paul Janosi; Sea anemone: courtesy of California Academy of Sciences; Sponges: courtesy of REVEL Project, University of Washington; Andros Coral Reef: courtesy of AMNH, Denis Finnin; Supplies, What to Do (all photos); Amy's Extras (all photos): courtesy of AMNH; Illustrations: Sean Murtha

Make a 3D diorama! All you need are pasta, Play-Doh, pipe cleaners, pom-poms, and hair curlers.

Around the World with DNA

Photos: George Barrowclough: courtesy of R.J. Gutierrez; Humpback whales, Howard Rosenbaum: courtesy of Peter J. Ersts, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, AMNH; Owl: John and Karen Hollingsworth, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Yael Wyner: courtesy of Yael Wyner; Joel Cracraft: courtesy of Joel Cracraft; Sumatran Tiger: courtesy of Jessie Cohen, Smithsonian's National Zoo; Lemur: courtesy of Duke University Primate Center; Daniela Calcagnotto: Courtesy of Daniela Calcagnotto; Pacu: courtesy of Leonard Lovshin, Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures, Auburn University; St. Vincent parrots, Mike Russello: courtesy of Mike Russello; Illustrations: Louis Pappas, Steve Thurston, Eric Hamilton

Travel around the world with museum scientists: from Madagascar to the Western U.S. to the island of Sumatra in Indonesia.

Super Teeth

Explore mammal teeth with this matching game and coloring book.

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