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Passion Flower with Insects
German naturalist and artist Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717) spent two years documenting the flora and fauna of Surinam, South America, creating the book Metamorphosis, from which this engraving is reproduced. Here, Merian captured the life stages of three different insects around their host plant, the passion flower. One fellow naturalist called her book, Metamorphosis, the “most beautiful work ever painted in America.” 
See this print in the exhibition, Natural Histories: 400 Years of Scientific Illustration from the Museum’s Library, closing September 13:
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It’s a beautiful morning at the American Museum of Natural History! Pictured is the fountain outside the Museum’s 77th street entrance. 
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NEW RESEARCH: Deceptive Woodpecker Uses Mimicry to Avoid Competition
Birds of a feather may flock together, but that doesn’t mean they necessarily share close genetic ties. Taxonomists first classified birds into groups primarily based on appearance, relying heavily on the coloration of feathers to determine relationships among species. But research led by Museum Curatorial Associate Brett Benz and published this September in The Auk: Ornithological Advances shows that this historical reliance on feather coloration has confounded avian taxonomy and led ornithologists to overlook an intriguing case of visual mimicry. 
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yeah, woodpecker turn into king wood faker.
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Last chance! See Nature’s Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters before it closes on Sunday, August 9:
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I'd love to see it, but I just survived the debate disaster. And it won't end for 17 months.
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This arboreal ‪#‎FossilFriday‬ is Megaladapis edwardsi, an extinct giant lemur which lived about 5,000 years ago. Primates, such as Megaladapis, probably originated as tree-dwelling animals, and most of them still spend at least part of their time there. Among primates, we humans are unusual in living entirely on the ground. Primates have flexible ankles, built for climbing trees.
Find this specimen in the Museum’s Hall of Primitive Mammals: AMNH/D.Finnin
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A bright and sunny morning at the American Museum of Natural History.
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A peek into the Museum archives:
Preparing African Buffalo Group, 1934 
See over 10,000 images from the Museum’s History: AMNH/281097 ‪#‎TBT‬
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Did you know that there are more microbes living inside you than there are stars in the Milky Way? The Museum’s upcoming exhibition The Secret World Inside You will look at this incredible diversity of life, known collectively as the human microbiome.
Before the exhibition opens, we’re offering weekly primers on the microbiome and the research surrounding it from Curators Rob DeSalle and Susan Perkins, as well as from other scientists who are working in this exciting field.
Our first post comes from microbiologist Dr. Martin Blaser. Dr. Blaser, who is the Muriel and George Singer Professor of Translational Medicine and a Professor of Microbiology at New York University, is also the author of Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics is Fueling Our Modern Plague.
Studying Microbes in Mice and Infants
In my lab at NYU, we’re asking fundamental questions about the microbes that call us home: for example, how do they get there in the first place? How do microbes acquired early in life help animals—including humans –develop normally?
We already know several important points that provide a starting place. For example, we know that the diversity of microbes and their numbers in each of us are enormous. We also know that the makeup of the microbiome in very young children is not the same as in adults, but that eventually they become the same. The big questions for us are how and why this occurs.
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Check out the armor on this Fossil Friday! This is Panochthus frenzelianus, a giant glyptodont that lived in South America, just before the extinction of the glyptodonts, at the end of the last ice age, about 30,000 years ago. Some glyptodonts grew to be over 10 feet long and may have weighed as much as a ton, including the shell. Their teeth were small and shaped like columns, with flat surfaces for grinding up plants. 
The head of most glyptodonts was armored, and could also be retracted into the shell opening; the feet and tail were protected by armor as well. These shields deterred all but the most powerful carnivores from attacking this animal fortress. 
Both armadillos and glyptodonts have a completely bony shell covering their bodies. The shells are constructed differently, however. While an armadillo is covered by parallel rows of bony bands, enabling the animal to roll up into a ball when threatened, a glyptodont’s shell was composed of thick bony rosettes fused solidly together, which meant that glyptodont’s could not roll into a ball. 
Find this fossil in the Museum’s Hall of Primitive Mammals: 
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When you said "This is Poenenur frhyjcvalllusyt, a giant glyptodsifuh that lived in South America, just before the extinction of the glyptoodfhsds"......
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It’s a back to the future kind of ‪#‎TrilobiteTuesday‬!
At times it’s impossible to view the natural design of a 450 million-year-old trilobite and not see something modern… if not downright futuristic. Some trilobite enthusiasts look at this Ordovician-age Scotoharpes from Russia and see images of a spaceship, especially in the ancient creature’s hydrodynamically designed cephalon. Scientists are currently divided as the whether the trilobite’s sleek shape aided in swimming or in burrowing behavior.
Meet more of these ancient arthropods on the Museum’s trilobite website:
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Happy Third Anniversary, Curiosity Rover!
It's been three years since Curiosity set down on Mars, and in that time, the rover has traveled 11 miles. That might not sound like much, but the travel has been over rough and tumble terrain, and it has sent back invaluable scientific data on the geology and environment of the red planet. From perusing rock formations to getting a new perspective on sunspots, the Curiosity rover has sent home a wealth of new information on the solar system since it landed on August 6, 2012. Learn more:
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Mammals like bears and squirrels are the most familiar hibernators. But many other creatures – like birds, amphibians, and reptiles – enter this winter “sleep” to conserve energy. Painted turtles, like the one pictured above, hibernate in an unusual place: at the bottom of a frozen lake, without any oxygen at all!
Buried in mud, these reptiles can survive four or five months without oxygen. They get energy from their body tissues, which cause a harmful substance called lactic acid to build up. The calcium in their hard, heavy shells reacts with the lactic acid, making it harmless.
Meet more amazing creatures in the special exhibition, Life at the Limits, open now:
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Athena Chang
2 months ago
This is a great museum to visit if you have small children and/or you are into geography, history, animals, and culture. I love the dinosaur collection here as well as their regional exhibits. I feel so much smarter once I am in. My son is too young to understand all of it but he loves just running up and down and touching some of the fun displays! Luckily, we don't need to pay admission thanks to my work benefits. Otherwise, it could be expensive!
Emma Moe-Lunger
a month ago
If i could rate a 0 i would this place has the worst service, every worker here is imcompentent and rude. Also there is no where near enough staff working here. The kiosks to print off tickets do not work and make it a hassle to even get a tickets. If you want to have a fun day I would suggest falling into a sewer and hanging out with rats. Anything is better than this overpriced, noisy, smelly musuem.
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Ron Ruzal
2 months ago
I cannot stress enough how I love this place. A must visit museum for family and kids and for every nature lover in particular. The exhibitions are amazing and you can easily spend a whole day wandering inside.
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Lady Ace
2 months ago
The expansive museum and a must visit treat for museum lovers. Lapin and I came here on a Saturday afternoon. The donation based museum had long lines leading all the way down it's hallmark steps. While, I am sure the more lesser known entries would have been less crowded, we were lazy and just waited on line. The staff was more or less helpful, some were annoyed (ticketing agents -- but who can blame them with the long lines). It's a fun way to kill time if you are in the area, even if you are not a museum buff. While, I do love the museum, the only thing I didn't like is that they have these small newer "special" exhibits that look awesome but cost way more than they are actually worth (If I recall correctly, around $14 dollars per an exhibit...then again I came from a boozy brunch so...don't quote me). If you want to save time, buy your tickets online for full price but if you have the time and don't want to spend much money, wait on the line and you can pay what you wish. The museum opens from 10am to 5:45pm, so if you want to see the entire museum come early as if you did what we did and waited 3 hours before closing time, you will feel rushed.
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Gilian Rogers
2 months ago
HUGE museum. It can be done in one day but you'll be rushed and would have to skip some of the special exhibits. Definitely go early and plan to spend the whole day there if your stay in NYC is limited. I love audio tours and I wish we had more time to stop and appreciate all of the displays.
Kim Bernard
a month ago
You need a week just to see everything in here, let alone the rest of Manhattan! Amazing displays, very well done. Ticket staff weren't the friendliest but the security were very helpful and friendly, thank you. Go to the Planetarium entrance if you have a bicycle to lock up.
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Michael Markowski
2 months ago
COMPLAINT: A few days ago, I bought my girlfriend and I SuperSaver tickets to the American Museum of Natural History. We've been talking about visiting the Hayden Planetarium for months now and I thought this would be a great chance for us to finally go see the show. We both live in NYC so we've been to this museum a few times now but have never been to the Rose Center/Planatarium. When we got to the museum this afternoon, we were told that the planetarium was shut down indefinitely due to an "accident" that had occurred a few days ago. We later found out that the ROOF had partially COLLAPSED! I asked who we could talk to about getting a voucher for when it reopened (since its not included in the general admission) and the woman at the front desk told us to go visit a supervisor. We were disappointed but decided to hang out anyway and see the remaining special exhibits that are included in the SuperSaver package. I mean, what were we going to do? Just go home? As the museum was closing, I asked to speak to a supervisor who might be able to give us a voucher so we could come back when the planetarium reopened. He very directly told me that the SuperSaver package was only equivalent to "two special exhibits" and that since we had already spent our time there and seen the other exhibits, we didn't qualify for a voucher. Only TWO exhibits? According the AMNH website where I bought the tickets, the SuperSaver admission package provides "Admission to the Museum PLUS Rose Center for Earth and Space PLUS all special exhibits, IMAX or 3D films, AND the Hayden Planetarium Space Show." Nowhere online during the ticket-buying process does it mention a "two exhibit" equivalence nor was this explained to us when we entered the museum and were told that the planetarium was closed. If we would have just missed our planetarium showing, then yeah, that'd be on us. But since the roof collapsing was not part of our birthday plans, why are we ineligible for a voucher? Does the museum customer service really care this little about the happiness of its patrons? How difficult would this have been? If it wasn't a big deal to us, I wouldn't have asked. But it was a big deal and now it's a bigger deal. I'm very disappointed.
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Jeff G
2 months ago
Only spent about 2 hours in the museum because of poor planning on my part. Mistakenly went to The Met and AMNH in one day after 4 days of walking Manhattan, so I was about ready to fall out. We did enjoy our visit, and I hope to be able to visit again one day, and see more. We did see the Planetarium Show, and while it was cool, I can see it being a little boring for some; I even found myself nodding off during the ~30 min. show, but that was probably related to the 4 days prior. While a nerd like me is mildly interested in dark matter and energy, I'm guessing normal people are less interested. The mineral/gem collection was really cool, but I didn't have the energy to spend as much time as I would have liked to really get the full experience. I also wished I had been able to spend more time in the earth/space part of the museum. I do wish that the pieces in the museum had more historical information. Most of the pieces lack dates and many are noted as reproductions, so it is often unclear if the piece is real or not, and how old it is. I would definitely visit again, but only after going to The Met and spending at least another full day there.
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