Shelf Life Episode 5: How to Time Travel to a Star

Museum astrophysicists are searching through early photographs of the night sky and, with the help of high school students, helping to digitize them along the way. Watch the latest Shelf Life video and learn more about astronomical instrumentation through the ages on the episode page. » 3/30/15 1:13pm Monday 1:13pm

New Study Sheds Light on Mammal Group that Puzzled Darwin

Analysis of fossil collagen shows that unusual South American ungulates (like Toxodon platensis, seen here) were more closely related to horses and their allies than to other living placental mammals. Illustration © Peter Schouten » 3/23/15 2:39pm 3/23/15 2:39pm

"Punk Ballerina" Makes Climate Change Personal

In today's New York Times, Karole Armitage recounts her early exposure to the natural world, "starting at about age 13, I would hike straight over the mountain to go to Aspen, where Ballet West had a summer residency," Ms. Armitage said recently at her TriBeCa apartment. "I would stay there for three weeks and hike… » 3/19/15 10:34am 3/19/15 10:34am

A Fascination with Female Shamans

After witnessing the master of a Korean household receive a tongue-lashing from a female shaman, anthropologist Laurel Kendall realized that "in this corner of Korean society, my gender is going to be an advantage." Dr. Kendall is one of the remarkable women at the Museum we are profiling this March as part of… » 3/14/15 12:22pm 3/14/15 12:22pm

Catching Lizards in Pursuit of Parasites

According to microbiologist Susan Perkins, hers is the dream job of a 6-year-old. "A lot of what I get to do is travel to fun and interesting places and chase and catch lizards," says Perkins, whose work focuses on malarial parasites. She is also an associate curator in the Museum's Division of Invertebrate Zoology,… » 3/06/15 3:46pm 3/06/15 3:46pm

Women’s History Month at the Museum

March is Women's History Month, and the Museum is looking to the it's nearly 150-year past, exciting present, and bright future to bring you stories of women in science here at the American Museum of Natural History. » 3/02/15 5:34pm 3/02/15 5:34pm

Just Our Types: A Short Guide to Type Specimens

A holotype is the single specimen that a researcher designates as the name-bearing representative of a new species. These important specimens ensure that scientists have a single reference point when talking about a particular organism, be it a Corythosaurus casuarius, first described in 1912 from a holotype housed… » 3/02/15 1:21pm 3/02/15 1:21pm

Crocodiles Rocked Pre-Amazonian Peru

Thirteen million years ago, as many as seven different species of crocodiles hunted in the swampy waters of what is now northeastern Peru, new research shows. This hyperdiverse assemblage, revealed through more than a decade of work in Amazon bone beds, contains the largest number of crocodile species co-existing in… » 2/25/15 9:29am 2/25/15 9:29am

Darwin's Kids Doodled All Over His "Origin of Species" Manuscript

We may have Charles Darwin's children to thank for the surviving handwritten pages of the naturalist's "On the Origin of Species" manuscript. Most of the original 600 pages are lost, and of the 45 pages that exist today, many were repurposed by Darwin's brood of 10 children as art supplies. » 2/12/15 11:51am 2/12/15 11:51am

Dispatch from the Field: How to Count 18,000 Flamingos 

Dr. Felicity Arengo is the associate director of the Museum's Center for Biodiversity and Conservation. She is currently conducting a census of flamingo populations in remote regions of South America and sending back dispatches from the field. » 2/06/15 11:51am 2/06/15 11:51am

The Museum's Top 5 Videos of 2014

2014 was packed to the gills at the American Museum of Natural History. The past 12 months saw tons of new research and exciting exhibitions, and we've got the video to prove it! Check out the Museum's top 5 most viewed videos of 2014: » 12/31/14 11:34am 12/31/14 11:34am

American Mastodons Lived in the North During Brief Warm Interval

New findings published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by an international team of researchers, including Museum Curator Ross MacPhee, are revising estimates of the age of American mastodon fossils—and helping to resolve a quandary about how these extinct relatives of elephants once… » 12/01/14 3:52pm 12/01/14 3:52pm

On Anniversary of Origin of Species, Darwin Manuscripts Project Reaches…

Tracing the evolution of Charles Darwin's thoughts about evolution is becoming an increasingly accessible project, thanks to a growing cache of publicly available digitized Darwin manuscripts on the Museum's site. » 11/24/14 4:48pm 11/24/14 4:48pm

Open Doors and Pull Out Drawers in Shelf Life, a Collection for Curious…

Dive deep inside the Museum's collection to discover the past, present, and future of its approximately 33 million artifacts and specimens in this new series with original monthly videos. Shelf Life is a collection for curious minds—opening doors, pulling out drawers, and taking the lids off some of the… » 11/14/14 1:36pm 11/14/14 1:36pm

Scientists Relive Fieldwork in the Museum's Expedition Report Podcast…

The American Museum of Natural History has approximately 200 working scientists who undertake more than 100 expeditions a year, doing original research and expanding the Museum's world-class collection of more than 33 million specimens and artifacts. The Expedition Report podcast series offers an insider's look at… » 11/11/14 6:00pm 11/11/14 6:00pm

Meet Three People Graduating From The American Museum of Natural History

On October 27, the third cohort of graduates from the Museum's Richard Gilder Graduate School—the first Ph.D.-granting program for any museum in the Western Hemisphere—will receive Doctor of Philosophy degrees in comparative biology at a commencement ceremony in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. We're profiling the… » 10/24/14 5:49pm 10/24/14 5:49pm

Cower Before the "Puppy-Sized" Goliath Bird Eater Spider

The goliath bird eater spider has been making the news recently, after the appearance of a "puppy-sized" specimen surprised a scientist out for a nighttime walk in a Guyanese rainforest. Said the scientist Piotr Naskrecki, "When I turned on the light, I couldn't quite understand what I was seeing." » 10/20/14 3:08pm 10/20/14 3:08pm

Researchers Discover 52-million-year-old “Ant-loving” Beetle in Amber

Museum scientists have uncovered the fossil of a 52-million-year old beetle that likely was able to live alongside ants—preying on their eggs and usurping resources from the comfort of their nest. » 10/02/14 4:29pm 10/02/14 4:29pm