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Sinornithosaurus millenii is one of several dinosaur fossils studied by Museum paleontologists that show evidence of feathers, adding to our understanding of how birds are related to dinosaurs.
Sinornithosaurus apparently had three types of feathers: simple hairlike filaments, downy tufts (like those on modern birds), and modern feathers along the edges of its limbs. It lived 130 million years ago in the region that is now China, and was about 3 feet long.
Meet more dinosaurs in the Museum’s Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs:
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The paleontologist placed his chisel on the dark line, split the stone, and he shat...

I can't imagine the thrill and astonishment of a find like that!
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Welcome back to ‪#‎TrilobiteTuesday‬!
Something that continually perplexes both scientists and trilobite enthusiasts is a rather basic question: where did trilobites come from? For the first 20 million years after the famed Cambrian Explosion there is no evidence of either them or their possible antecedents in the fossil record. Then, some 521 million years ago fossils of highly evolved trilobites–featuring well-developed eyes, complex digestive tracts and hard exoskeletons–virtually filled the seas. Their remains from that time period are pervasive, appearing in Early Cambrian rocks around the globe. As can be seen on this 4 inch long Bristolia bristolensis from California, traces of a primitive worm like extension off the tail are visible hiding beneath the spine, indicating what kind of soft-bodied creature trilobites may have evolved from during an even earlier time in earth history.
Meet many more trilobites on the Museum website:
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Geol.nothing or pertaining to a period of the Paleozoic era, occurring from 500 mil.-to 600 mil. years ago and characterized by the presence of algae and marine invertebrates; of or pertaining to Cambria. Geol.the Cambrian period or system. a native of Cambria; Welshman. Fossil;-any remains, impression or trace of an animal or plant of a former geological age, as a skeleton, footprint, etc. Mesozoic era, 220 million-180 million years ago. Period Triassic. Characterized by: marine reptiles, dinosaurs, in the same era but 180million-135 million years ago. Period Jurassic. Characterized by the dinosaurs, conifers
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On November 4, 2015, the Board of Trustees of the American Museum of Natural History endorsed the conceptual design for the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation, a new building that will invite visitors to experience the Museum not only as a place of public exhibitions but as an active scientific and educational institution. 
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Heard about this when we visited for a Grrown-up Sleepover.  We're very excited about it.
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Happy ‪#‎NationalCatDay‬! 
We’re celebrating with this 10,000-year-old predator, Smilodon, a cat that has existed as the “saber-toothed tiger” in the popular imagination, though it was not closely related to tigers. These animals were about a foot shorter than modern lions, yet weighed nearly twice as much. Paleontologists believe that because of saber-toothed cats’ size and shape, and their lack of a long tail, they were not speedy hunters, but rather ambushed their prey from close range. It is likely that Smilodon used its terrifying teeth to deliver a fatal ripping wound to the prey’s belly or throat.
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The information is eye opening! A far cry from my mental picture of the "sabre tooth tiger". Wow! +1 
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It’s ‪#‎FossilFriday‬!
This fossil fish in the Museum’s collection came from what is called the Santana Formation, in northeast Brazil, one of the world’s richest fossil deposits. The layers of fossils—not only fish, but also many reptiles, amphibians, insects, and plants—were laid down around 110 million years ago, in the early Cretaceous Period. At the time, the great continental plates of the Earth’s crust—especially those of South America and Africa—had only just started to drift apart and were still relatively close to one another. 
The fossils of 25 species of fish were actually preserved with the contents of their stomachs intact, allowing scientists to determine what the fish had eaten, and so piece together an understanding of the food chain of this biological community. From there, they could theorize a great deal about the ecology of that community, including its population structure and dynamics. The fossils are unusually well-preserved, particularly the soft body parts, because of limestone that accumulated around the organisms. 
Fossils in the Santana Formation have offered scientists at the Museum, in collaboration with colleagues in Brazil, an unparalleled opportunity to study the complex interrelationships of extinct species in this unique biome. 
Find more fossil fish in the Museum’s Hall of Vertebrate Origins:
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Today’s peek into the Museum archives: “Boy selecting lantern slides for project at Speyer School, Slide Library, 1920″ photographed by Julius Kirschner. 
To expand the Museum’s educational mission beyond its walls, a lantern slide lending library was created and formed the basis of the Natural Science Study Collections which the Museum delivered to New York schools. The lantern slides, reproduced from the growing collection of photographs created and collected by the Museum staff, were originally used to illustrate lectures given to the public at the Museum.
The hand-colored lantern slides shown in this collection range in topic from scenes in the Museum to newly arrived families at Ellis Island - offering a view into the history of science as well as the history of New York City. These beautifully colored images detail the art behind this fascinating photographic process and showcase for future generations science and culture from over a century ago.
See a digitized selection of these lantern slides: AMNH/239767 ‪#‎tbt‬ ‪#‎throwbackthursday‬
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Today's peek into the Museum archives: "Mr. Marguglio working on anatomical model, 1932" photographed by Irving Dutcher.
A lot has changed about our knowledge of the human body since the 1930's. The Museum's newest exhibition, The Secret World Inside You, explores the rapidly evolving science that is revealing the complexities of the human microbiome and reshaping our ideas about human health. Learn more:
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This weekend at the Museum! On Saturday, the Museum's newest special exhibition, The Secret World Inside You, opens to the public. Come get a tour of the human microbiome—the population of trillions of tiny organisms that call the human body home, and play key roles in everything from digestion to immune function.
Then, on Sunday, stop by the Museum to celebrate the start of World Origami Days. Volunteers from OrigamiUSA will be on hand in the Grand Gallery to help visitors learn more about this art form, which can turn simple pieces of paper into an astounding array of elegant designs.
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Impact Craters on Earth, Moon and other planets provide evidence that the Earth has been struck by asteroids since it formed roughly 4.5 billion years ago. Once every few million years, an object large enough to threaten life on Earth comes along. 
What is an asteroid? Find out:
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Our bodies are home to approximately 100 trillion bacteria living inside us and on us—a vast community known as the microbiome.
The Secret World Inside You, the Museum’s new exhibition opening November 7, explores the rapidly evolving science that is revealing the complexities of the human microbiome and reshaping our ideas about human health, offering new perspectives on common health problems including allergies, asthma, and obesity.
Watch the trailer and check out the new exhibition website:
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NEW RESEARCH: Ancient “Supershark” Fossils Found in Texas

Even before the age of dinosaurs, enormous, toothy predators were roaming what is now Texas. New work led by the Museum shows that giant sharks were hunting in the shallow waters that once covered most of North America for much longer than previously thought.
Researchers from the Dallas Paleontological Society recently discovered a pair of fossil braincases from massive, and now extinct, relatives of modern-day sharks in rocks from Jacksboro, Texas, that date back 300 million years. The researchers, Mark McKinzie and Robert Williams, donated the fossils to the Museum and worked with John Maisey, a curator in the Division of Paleontology, to estimate how big the sharks would have been by comparing them to smaller, more complete fossils of closely related sharks. 
The results suggest that these two Texas ‘supersharks’ measured between 18 and 26 feet in length (5.5 to 8 meters). The largest of these specimens would have been 25 percent bigger than today’s largest predatory shark, the great white.
“Everything is bigger in Texas, even 300 million years ago,” Maisey said. 
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Eeek! It’s an eight-legged ‪#‎FossilFriday‬.
Spiders evolved more than 300 million years ago, long before dinosaurs walked the Earth. This is a rare 100-million-year-old fossil of a spider in limestone. Spiders do not preserve well in sediment because they have a relatively soft “shell” or exoskeleton. For every 1,000 or so insect fossils found, there’s only one spider.
This weekend, see 16 species of arachnids in Spiders Alive! now open at the American Museum of Natural History:
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Tyillere Hansen
in the last week
This museum is huge. We loved it. We went with two young kids and they couldn't get enough. There are hours and hours worth of things to see. It can be very busy even during the middle of the week when you would think it would be emptier. The dinosaur collection was a little lacking but the American animal collection makes up for any lack. There are some amazing exhibits. Be sure to get a map.
Manni B
a week ago
One of my favorite museums in New York.A great location on the west side of the central park with an great view over the central park, astonishing items and culture to see and to learn about and a good Imax show. Even if you are not a museum nerd I would nonetheless highly recommend a visit here.
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Caleb Fischer
2 weeks ago
Honestly, besides being huge, this museum feels incredibly outdated. There are many examples of exhibits with plaques that haven't been updated in many years, sometimes embarrassingly so when it contains old and even offensive anthropological terminology. The layout never seems to make much sense and several exhibits are done much better at the Met across the park. Could be worse, but could use some good exhibits that don't require an additional charge to see. Don't pay more than you have to on this one.
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Fereshteh S
a week ago
Such a great museum! Not only do they have incredible exhibits and Imax Movies (SO worth checking out!!) but they also have some great events throughout the year; I went to a 'science in review' held by Neil DeGrasse Tyson; just incredible. Huge fan of this place!
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Evan Rys
in the last week
This Museum is a wonderful place to visit! It's huge! You need more than one day to see the whole thing. Besides waiting in a long line to get in, and some more crowded areas of the museum, I loved it. I don't understand why others are giving this wonderful museum such low ratings becuase my experience was great. There are a few more dated parts of the museum, but they are always updating and improving it. Well worth the visit.
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Christopher Marianetti
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Horribly outdated and absurdly ethnocentric. I felt ashamed visiting here w guests from out of town and saddened by the fact that in a city like New York we'd have such a horrible excuse for a museum. Some of the exhibits felt downright racist and offensive! My only hope is that more people will rank this place lower and they will take a hint.
Shannon Holst
a month ago
I wish I could give you negative stars. People like Chris Filardi are everything that is wrong with this world. Once again, a terrible monster disguised as a human, with no respect for life and a sense of false entitlement. I will never support or visit your terrible museum of cruelty and you can guarantee I will encourage everyone I know to stay away as well.
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Lee Launay
a month ago
Anyone who has done some traveling, and seen the Natural History Museums in the UK, Aus, or... anywhere will be thoroughly disappointed with this outdated and tired museum. Underwhelming attractions, out of date technology, and incompetent/rude staff really soured an otherwise lovely day. Do yourself a favor and skip it, go to the MET, MOMA, or the Guggenheim.