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Spot the Triceratops skull? Highlights from a recent expedition to North Dakota. #FossilFriday

From the Field: Tracking the Last American Dinosaurs through Time #2

These are no common knees, they're royal says a team of archaeologists and chemists.

Mystery of ancient Egyptian legs likely solved: They’re Queen Nefertari’s knees

A recording of last night's event with Sant Director Kirk Johnson and David Rubenstein, courtesy of Smithsonian Magazine!
Just how accurate is the science in the Arrival Movie? Our linguists and anthropologists weigh in on the matter.

Does the Linguistic Theory at the Center of the Film ‘Arrival’ Have Any Merit?

Underwater archaeologists search to unravel the HMS Terror and Erebus' final days.

Mysterious lost ships, HMS Terror and Erebus, reveal new layer of clues in Arctic

#DYK: It will take this Morpho butterfly about 30 minutes to emerge from its pupa. It will then flutter around our Butterfly Pavilion + Insect Zoo, Smithsonian Institution for the next 2-3 weeks.
A cat's tongue is designed for more than just drinking milk.

A cat’s sandpapery tongue is actually a magical detangling hairbrush

These minerals may catch your eye, but they also have important health benefits.

Glittering, mesmerizing, lifesaving: Hospital exhibit showcases minerals used in medicine

Teachers, introduce your students to a career in ornithology. Join us December 14 for a live online “Smithsonian Science How” career chat with Helen James about her job as an ornithologist studying bird extinctions. Register today! [ Qrius.si.edu Link ]
How our supercomputer, Hydra, is helping to find answers to protect both lobsters and fisherman in the Caribbean.

Proposed New Marine Reserve System Offers Rosy Outlook for Both the Lobster and the Lobster Fisherman

This #GivingTuesday help advance our understanding of the natural world and our place in it! go.si.edu/givingtuesdaynmnh
Help transcribe the #ManyHatsofHolmes. William Henry Holmes interests in art, anthropology, geology and archeology led him to a variety of careers including head of the Smithsonian Department of Anthropology and the director for the original National Gallery of Art. Help us transcribe the digitized volumes of William Henry Holmes’ "Random Records of a Lifetime, 1846-1931" to discover more...
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If you marvel at trees, these books might be for you.

What the Trees Say

“I think for the first time, by virtue of the Dmanisi hominins, we have a solid hypothesis for the origin of Homo erectus,” says Smithsonian's Human Origins Program paleoanthropologist Rick Potts.

Meet the frail, small-brained people who first trekked out of Africa

Allosaurus fragilis (USNM V 4734) would like to remind you that the turkey on your plate is really a dinosaur. Happy Thanksgiving!