Mummification was practiced by numerous cultures in what is now Peru, beginning more than 7,000 years ago and allowed the living to remember, and remain connected with, the dead. Some people kept mummies in their homes or brought them to festivals. Others brought offerings of food or drink to their loved ones’ graves. The Chinchorro people, who lived in what is now Peru and Chile, were the...
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Mummies in Peru
Not far from the main island of Cuba, fish zip past coral studded with colorful starfish, sea fans, and sponges: [ Link ]

Cuba's Coral Reefs
Happy Birthday, Conrad Gesner! Celebrate #GesnerDay with a look at illustrations from Historiae animalium.
How does a flamingo find a date? By taking part in a mating dance that looks like a bright pink conga-line. Check out the video here! [ Link ]
Fire up your neurons, next Friday, for an exciting evening of interactive digital and physical games that challenge, entertain, and tease your brain. Test your eye-hand coordination, memory, recognition, and creativity while scientists help you connect the goals and outcomes of each game with scientific information about our complex, mysterious, and magnificent brains.

Family Game Night

LIVE What does a new study in the pages of Nature mean for the dinosaur family tree?
Danny Barta, a paleontology Ph.D. student at the Museum's Richard Gilder Graduate School, breaks the news down for us.

Post your questions in the thread below!
Join us LIVE this morning as paleontologist Danny Barta discusses new research about the dinosaur family tree!
On #NationalPuppyDay we are taking a closer look at fossil dogs. This research heavily based on the Museum’s fossil dog collection—the largest of its kind in the world—shows how dogs evolved in response to a cooling, drying climate in North America over the last 40 million years: [ Link ]

Dogs Evolved with Climate Change
"Mummy No. 30007, currently residing at the American Museum of Natural History, is a showstopper. She’s known as the Gilded Lady, for good reason: Her coffin, intricately decorated with linen, a golden headdress and facial features, has an air of divinity. She’s so well preserved that she looks exactly how the people of her time hoped she would appear for eternity. To contemporary scientists,...
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Unraveling the Mystery of Who Lies Beneath the Cloth - The New York Times
Planetary scientist Amanda Hendrix and science writer Charles Wohlforth highlight the developments and initiatives that have transformed the dream of space colonization into something that could become reality. The duo discuss groundbreaking research and make the case that Saturn’s moon Titan offers the most realistic prospect for life without support from Earth.

A book signing follows.

Frontiers Lecture: Our Path to a New Home in the Planets

Submissions are now open for the eighth annual Student Conference on Conservation Science on October 11-13, 2017: [ Link ]

Student Conference on Conservation Science
Congratulations to Cynthia Malone, Pacific Programs Manager at the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation (CBC), for being named one of the 50 most inspiring innovators by Grist: [ Link ]

Cynthia Malone pushes for diversity in the field of biodiversity.
April 10, 2017 - May 26, 2017
Milstein Hall of Ocean Life
Museum Hours*
*Milstein Hall of Ocean Life hours subject to change.
Free for Members or with Museum Admission

Jellies astound scientists with their unique capacity to pulse through the sea, regenerate, and even glow. Environmental changes like warming seas threaten countless species, yet these very changes drive the rapid growth of...
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Immersive Dome Experience: The Jelly Dome

That's not an's a beetle!
Meet the beetles that have evolved to mimic ants, living among their colonies. Museum Entomologist Joseph Parker studies these insects, and helps us understand what makes them such effective copycats.
Post your questions in the thread below!
Watch LIVE as Mashable walks through our newest special exhibition with David Hurst Thomas, co-curator for Mummies!
It's time for #TrilobiteTuesday! By the time the Cambrian period began producing an incredible array of strange and previously unseen fauna some 521 million years ago, trilobites were already advanced organisms possessing both hard exoskeletons and highly developed eyes. From the moment their calcified carapaces started filling the fossil record near the dawn of the hallowed Cambrian...
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Don't miss out of the best party this side of the milky way! Get your tickets here: [ Link ]

SOLD OUT One Step Beyond - Classixx DJ set and more

Into the deep or over the moon—which is more important, intriguing, and inspiring? Explore the merits of sea vs. space across a range of judging categories with aquanauts Fabien Cousteau and Liz Bentley Magee, and astronauts Mike Massimino and Don Pettit. This tongue-in-cheek “debate” pits these luminaries against each other, and you decide who wins. Hosted by comedian and journalist Faith...
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Science Throwdown: Sea vs. Space

It's the International Day of Forests, and we're marking the occasion with a tour of some Museum dioramas that highlight America's national and state forests.

We'll also be asking a couple trivia questions along the way, so follow along and post your answers below.