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Science Explorations is a series of online investigations featuring the latest scientific discoveries of the Museum’s experts. Science Explorations is a collaboration between the Museum and Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education, and media company, created to promote science literacy among students in grades 3 through 10.

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Animal Adaptations

Scientists study animals and their environments to learn about the world’s biodiversity. Find out what Darwin learned during his five-year voyage on the HMS Beagle.

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Explore the diversity of bats, the only mammals that can fly, with these articles and online investigation. 

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DNA Detective

George Amato, a conservation geneticist at the AMNH, studies natural history and endangered species. But when crime threatens rare animals, the scientist turns sleuth and his lab turns forensics to crack the case. 

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Fossil Finds

Travel to Seymour Island, Antarctica, with Ross MacPhee, the Museum's curator of the Division of Vertebrate Zoology, as he scours the area for geologic clues to Earth’s history.

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Giant Squid

Investigate the mysterious world of the giant squid—the deep sea. This ocean habitat is home to billions of animals, many relying on amazing adaptations, such as bioluminescence, that allow them to survive in extreme conditions. 



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Jade has been treasured around the world for thousands of years. Travel to Guatemala with an AMNH curator looking for the source of Olmec jade.

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Planet Protectors

Earth Day is a good time to reflect on the health of our planet. Museum scientists and Science World readers shared their plans to go green. 



Science World: Mythical Creatures Revealed

From fire-breathing dragons to magical unicorns, take a look at four legendary mythical creatures. Then find out what scientists think may have sparked belief in these imaginary animals.


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