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

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 incredible,… » 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

New Research Identifies Drivers of Rich Bird Diversity in Neotropics

An international team of researchers is challenging a commonly held view that explains how so many species of birds came to inhabit the Neotropics, an area rich in rain forest that extends from Mexico to the southernmost tip of South America. The new research, published today in the journal Nature and co-led by Brian… » 9/10/14 1:55pm 9/10/14 1:55pm

Fossils of New Squirrel-like Species Support Earlier Origin of Mammals

A research team led by paleontologists at the American Museum of Natural History and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have described three new small squirrel-like species that place a poorly understood Mesozoic group of animals firmly in the mammal family tree. The study, published today in the journal Nature, supports… » 9/10/14 1:06pm 9/10/14 1:06pm

Dinosaurs Fell Victim to “Perfect Storm” of Events, Study Posits

Dinosaurs might have survived the asteroid strike that wiped them out if it had taken place slightly earlier or later in time, according to new research conducted in part by the American Museum of Natural History. The study, published today in Biological Reviews, builds a new narrative of the prehistoric creatures'… » 7/28/14 12:01pm 7/28/14 12:01pm

New Fossil Discovery Supports "Out of Africa" Monkey Dispersal Theory

Just when and how Old World monkeys—a diverse and widespread group that includes macaques, baboons, and leaf monkeys—dispersed out of Africa and into Eurasia has never been fully understood. But a new discovery of an about 7-million-year-old monkey fossil from Abu Dhabi by a team of researchers at institutions around… » 6/30/14 2:49pm 6/30/14 2:49pm

Newly Discovered Extinct Fox Used Tibet as Training Ground for Ice Age

A new study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences by an international team of researchers, including Z. Jack Tseng, a Frick Postdoctoral Fellow in the Museum's Division of Paleontology, identifies a newly discovered 3- to 5-million-year-old Tibetan fox from the Himalayan Mountains, … » 6/11/14 11:16am 6/11/14 11:16am

Invasive, Toxic Toad Threatens Madagascar Wildlife

A toad native to Asia has been found on the east coast of Madagascar, a discovery that conservation scientists say threatens the biodiversity of the island's unique fauna. The sightings of common Asian toads (Duttaphrynus melanostictus) close to the major shipping port of Madagascar were announced today as a comment… » 5/28/14 12:49pm 5/28/14 12:49pm