Since 1990, scientists from the American Museum of Natural History have traveled to Mongolia's vast Gobi Desert each summer in search of fossils, continuing a tradition of Museum expeditions to the region that began in the 1920s. In 1993, Musuem researchers working with Mongolian scientists uncovered one of the…
Mixed graveyards filled with exceptionally well-preserved dinosaurs, mammals, early birds, fish, and reptiles in northern China are the result of lethal volcanic flows, according to new work by an international team of geologists and paleontologists, including American Museum of Natural History Curators Jin Meng and …
The Big Bone Room at the American Museum of Natural History houses some of the largest items in the Paleontology collection. Its holdings include one of the largest complete limb bones in the world: the 650-pound thigh bone of the long-necked, plant-eating dinosaur Camarasaurus.
Essentials for a dino dig in Mongolia: GPS devices, tools, two outfits, and tons of cheese.
Trilobites appeared in ancient oceans well before life emerged on land. These marine arthropods existed for almost 300 million years, and over 20,000 species have been described so far.
A new display at the American Museum of Natural History includes some of the oldest fossils on exhibit. Called trilobites, some of these extinct marine arthropods are more than 500 million years old. (Just as one comparison, Tyrannosaurus rex lived from about 85 to 65 million years ago.)