The humped bladderwort—a sort of "aquatic Venus flytrap"—is both a model of genetic simplicity, and a window into the fascinating mechanics of evolution. Via The New York Times:
The humped bladderworta sort of aquatic Venus flytrapis both a model of
Brilliant little animation in honor of World Turtle Day, from our friends at the Biodiversity Heritage Library.
See (and hear!) how a male greater bird-of-paradise welcomes the sunrise—and the attention of female birds—100 feet above Indonesia’s Aru Islands. From photographer Tim Laman and bioGraphic:
See and hear how a male greater birdofparadise welcomes the sunriseand the
You definitely don't want to mess with—or miss!—this Texan. As big as a 2-seater plane, the Quetzalcoatlus northropi lived ~70 million years ago in what's now western Texas, but you can see a life-sized, 33-foot model in our just-opened "Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaur" exhibit!

Illustration © AMNH
You definitely dont want to mess withor missthis Texan As big as
Laura Burgardt Powell
Caroline E. Nelson
Kitty Finn Griffin
A gentle, kinda squishy welcome to the week, via visitor Václav V.
A gentle kinda squishy welcome to the week via visitor Václav V
Sue Macias
Margaret Pulane Mathey
The Red Planet in beautiful black-and-white, via JPL/NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter & Xavier Barral's new book, "This Is Mars":
The Red Planet in beautiful blackandwhite via JPLNASAs Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Xavier
Carl Bowser
Face-to-face with the incredibly large—& critically endangered—Lake Titicaca water frog, whose numbers once dazzled explorer Jacques Cousteau in the early '70s. From photographer Pete Oxford for bioGraphic:
Facetoface with the incredibly large critically endangeredLake Titicaca water fr
Patricia Fitch
Liz Taylor
Kerri Gorman
From beautiful pipefish in the shallows to a baby blue-ringed octopus seen nearly 300 feet below, eye-candy highlights from our dive team's recent Philippines expedition. More news to come! (All photos by ichthyology curator Luiz Rocha.)
From beautiful pipefish in the shallows to a baby blueringed octopus seen
Andy Ciula
Anya Nina Valentino
Emery McClennen Schweig
This huge skull-cast of a Thalassodromeus sethi (featuring visible grooves that suggest blood vessels may have sent warm blood to the crest’s surface during life, cooling the animal as it flew) is just the beginning. Go back in time this weekend; "Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs" is now open!

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This huge skullcast of a Thalassodromeus sethi featuring visible grooves that suggest
E-Learning Sanctuary
A closer look at the "tidy origami packages" under ladybugs' famous outer wings that make engineers swoon, via The New York Times:
Margaret Russell
David Michael Callen
Janet Seipp
NOW OPEN: Go back millions of years, just by looking up! Featuring life-sized models of the largest animals ever to rule Earth’s skies—plus real fossils, immersive dioramas, a flight simulator, & more—“Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs” is here!

(Exhibit organized by the American Museum of Natural History.)
Krystal Poloka
Sunny Jozani
Carren Christensen Machado
Straight from Adam E.—one of our incredible volunteers—a sleepy little harlequin tree frog (Rhacophorus pardalis). Though pictured at rest here, this species (like others in its genus) is known for the ability to glide down from rainforest treetops, a feat made possible in large part by the heavy webbing of its hands and feet.
Straight from Adam Eone of our incredible volunteersa sleepy little harlequin tree
Ron Merritt
Janet Holroyd
Akshay Kishore
National Geographic (& photographer Robert Clark) on the incredible, 110-million-year-old nodosaur that's also "the best preserved fossil of its kind ever found"
National Geographic photographer Robert Clark on the incredible 110millionyearol
Eric Thomas
Patricia Fitch
Joie Young-Broin
Earth's African penguins are in trouble—but you can help! Please join us in supporting (& spreading the word about) the "Invest in the Nest" Kickstarter. The $150,000 it aims to raise will fund the creation and deployment of 1,500 artificial nests, giving this endangered species a safe place to raise their young.
Tim Van Rooy
Anne Huber
Amy Mills
Groom like a ! Georgia Tech researchers studying how animals clean found bees shed ~15,000 pollen grains in 2 minutes. Hairy insights for humans, via the New York Times:
"Full cloud inversion"—exactly as amazing as it sounds, especially as captured by filmmaker Harun Mehmedinović through the Grand Canyon. Via Creators:
Maria Stratton
Sliiiiiiiding into Monday like Claude in slo-mo. (Our new favorite 'gator-vid by visitor Michael DeFazio.)
Mark Lieuw
Cindy Colindres
Betsey West
In honor of all that mothers teach their young, this how-to-fell-a-tree lesson between beaver-mom & kit. From photographer Alexander Badyaev and bioGraphic:
In honor of all that mothers teach their young this howtofellatree lesson
An entirely new observation of how narwhals use their "tusk"! Watch a bout of fish-tapping off Canada's Nunavut territory, via National Geographic & the World Wildlife Fund:
Monte Tom
Yvonne Lee
Jeff Mazzeo
Tranquility-infusion courtesy planet ocean (with microcosm by our own Philippines Coral Reef exhibit). ❤
Motoko Lobue
Kaycee Collantes Reule
Pam Doherty- Maners