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    Tracking Endangered Mammals with Leeches

    February 27, 2018

    A broad survey conducted across southern Asia reinforces the idea that the mammal biodiversity of an area can be determined by looking at the DNA found in leeches’ blood meals.

  • A life-cycle-like image of two microbes merging, out of which a blue fish emerges and circles back to eat the microbes


    Model Predicts Which Organisms are Capable of Phagocytosis

    February 20, 2018

    A team of American Museum of Natural History researchers has created a computational model capable of predicting whether or not organisms have the ability to “eat” other cells through a process known as phagocytosis.

  • Colorful illustrations of a number of animals eating including a panda, tiger, seal, sea lion, raccoon, and bat.


    Study Punctures "You Are What You Eat" Paradigm for Carnivore Skull Shape

    February 7, 2018

    From dogs to seals to cats, members of the mammalian order Carnivora can vary greatly from one species to another. But for the most part, their skulls all tend to take on some variant of just a few shapes—a pattern scientists have long attributed to shared diets. New research led by the American Museum of Natural History and the University at Buffalo reveals that the evolution of skull shape in this group is actually much more complex and is influenced by nondietary factors.

  • Profile of a cheetah head on black background. A yellow arrow pointing to the cheetah's ear has two bones on it marked 126,000 and 2 million years ago


    Cheetahs' Inner Ear is One-of-a-Kind

    February 2, 2018

    The world’s fastest land animal, the cheetah, is a successful hunter not only because it is quick, but also because it can hold an incredibly still gaze while pursuing prey. For the first time, researchers have investigated the cheetah’s extraordinary sensory abilities by analyzing the speedy animal’s inner ear, an organ that is essential for maintaining body balance and adapting head posture during movement in most vertebrates.

  • A brown snake on a white background with round lesions popping up from its scales


    Snake Fungal Disease Could be a Global Threat

    December 20, 2017

    New research suggests that a potentially fatal snake fungus found in several species in the United States and three in Europe could be global in scale.

  • A child looks up at an oversized garden with flowers, a butterfly, and a bee.


    Our Senses: An Immersive Experience

    November 2, 2017

    In an upcoming highly experiential exhibition at the Museum, funhouse-like spaces will dare visitors to trust their senses—then show how or why what we perceive is not simply what is occurring around us.

  • This photo shows a wide swatch of water with the silhouettes of seven boats and fishers. The sky is filled with pink and purple clouds.


    Rethinking Well-being and Sustainability Measurements

    October 23, 2017

    A new study suggests that standard ways of measuring well-being and sustainability in communities used by global organizations may be missing critical information and could lead to missteps in management actions.