Latest American Museum of Natural History Stories
Dracula orchids tempt flies by masquerading as mushrooms. Goblin spiders lurk unseen in the world's leaf litter. The natural world is often just as haunting as the macabre costumes worn on city streets, as highlighted by two studies published this year by curators in the Division of Invertebrate Zoology at the American Museum of Natural History, David Grimaldi and Norman Platnick.
Researchers have discovered more than 700 new species of prehistoric insects in a 50-million-year-old amber deposit in India.
Although ammonites have been extinct for 65 million years, newly published data based on 35 years of field work and analysis is providing invaluable insights into their paleobiology.
Tyrannosaurs are more than large carnivores at the top of the food chain.
A team of paleontologists from the University of Bucharest and the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) have discovered an unusual new type of dinosaur that is related to the Velociraptor, but with stockier limbs and a pair of massive claws on each of its hind feet.
Cycads, "living fossil" descendents of the first plants that colonized land and reproduced with seeds, are rapidly going extinct because of invasive pests and habitat loss, especially those species endemic to islands.
Galaxies like our own were built billions of years ago from a deluge of giant clouds of gas, some of which continue to rain down.
Framing familiar environmental issues in everyday languageâ€”whether the topic is a Gulf Coast oil spill or the spread of Lyme diseaseâ€”may be the key to successfully engaging high school students with conservation biology research in their ecology classes.
New species of pancake batfishes discovered in the Gulf of Mexico.
Thanks to NASA, supernovas will soon be going off in classrooms around the country â€” no safety glasses required.
Edwin Harris Colbert (September 28, 1905 – November 15, 2001), known as “Ned” to his friends and colleagues, was a distinguished American Paleontologist. He helped popularize the study of dinosaurs through his prolific research, writings, and 40 years of work as a curator at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Colbert was born in Clarinda, Iowa, but moved to Maryville, Missouri during infancy. Like many young children, and most of his predecessors and contemporaries,...
Barnum Brown (February 12, 1873 – February 5, 1963) was an American Paleontologist best known for his contributions to the American Museum of Natural History, and his discovery of the first documented Tyrannosaurus rex remains. Brown was known less as a published paleontologist and more often as an energetic excavator, perhaps the greatest fossil collector of all time. Barnum Brown was born in Carbondale, Kansas, and was named after P.T. Barnum – of traveling circus fame, but no...
- A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.