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New Species Of Sea Bass Identified Based On Larval, Adult Specimen
2014-05-14 13:14:48

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Thanks to a lot of hard work and a little luck – two scientists from the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution have identified a mysterious larval fish and the same fish in its adult stage as a new species of sea bass. Most fish that live in the ocean have a pelagic larval stage that floats inside the surface or near-surface currents, an ecosystem very distinct from the one they occupy as adults. Two...

Whale Skeletons, Other Fossils Discovered at Chilean Construction Site
2011-11-20 06:19:37

A team of researchers from the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History have been racing the clock to extract whale skeletons and other marine fossils from the Atacama Desert Region of northern Chile, according to published reports Friday. According to Carolyn Gramling of Science Insider, experts from the Washington D.C.-based museum discovered more than 20 complete whale skeletons and approximately 80 individual specimens, in addition to other types of marine mammals,...

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2011-03-21 05:55:00

The Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History in Washington has paid $10,000 to two Lorton Virginia doctors a year after a meteorite crashed through the roof and landed in the examination room of their practice, AP is reporting. The doctors, Marc Gallini and Frank Ciampi, were in a legal dispute with the landlord of the property since the tennis ball-sized meteorite found its way into the office in the early evening of January 18, 2010. The meteorite landed near where Gallini had been sitting...

2010-10-25 15:23:00

NEW YORK, Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- To mark the 50th anniversary of the donation of the world's most famous diamond to the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Channel will premiere a one-hour special, MYSTERY OF THE HOPE DIAMOND on Sunday, November 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Academy Award® and Golden Globe®-winning actress Kim Basinger will narrate the special. The film tells the definitive story of the gem, mixing history, science and legend. It...

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2010-10-06 09:50:00

A new species of dinosaur discovered in Arizona suggests dinosaurs did not spread throughout the world by overpowering other species, but by taking advantage of a natural catastrophe that wiped out their competitors. The new dinosaur, named Sarahsaurus, was studied by an international team of scientists, including Robert R. Reisz, professor and chair of biology at the University of Toronto Mississauga, Tim Rowe, professor of paleontology at the University of Texas at Austin's Jackson School...

2010-03-16 16:48:00

WASHINGTON, March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- A new exhibition hall dedicated to the discovery and understanding of human origins opens March 17 at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. Based on decades of cutting-edge research by Smithsonian scientists, the David H. Koch (pronounced "coke") Hall of Human Origins will open to the public in a special preview from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, which also marks the 100-year anniversary of the museum's official opening on the...

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2009-12-22 08:47:07

A spear-shaped hunting tool used by savanna chimpanzees in Senegal and provided by Iowa State University Associate Professor of Anthropology Jill Pruetz will be displayed in a new exhibition hall opening next year at the Smithsonian's National Museum of History. The exhibit is dedicated to the discovery and understanding of human origins. The spear will be displayed in a case that highlights two other original tools made by chimpanzees: a stone anvil and hammerstone with oil palm nuts, and an...


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caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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