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American Museum of Natural History Photo 2017-10-07 16:16

Don’t let their body shape fool you: sea lampreys aren’t eels, they’re jawless cartilaginous fishes with a suction-cup mouth ringed with sharp teeth. Some of the 40 species are parasitic, biting down on fish and marine mammals to suck out blood or bodily fluids through a wound. In the Great La...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2017-10-07 01:00

The osprey has a singular skill: catching fish, feet first. It’s the only North American raptor that plunges into water for prey, snatching up flounder, smelt, mullet, and any other similar-sized fish it can get its talons on.
Ospreys are also masters of migration, traveling as far a...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2017-10-06 21:31

Like manatees, which are quite similar in appearance, dugongs are large, slow-moving aquatic mammals related to elephants.These herbivores live in the warm waters in the Indian and Pacific Oceans and spend their days grazing on sea grasses with bristled snouts. Sightings of dugongs by sailors ...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2017-10-06 01:08

Underwater “mystery circles” first glimpsed by divers near Japan’s Amami-Oshima Island nearly 20 years ago turn out to be a very elaborate way for male pufferfish to attract a mate.

The tiny male pufferfish uses fins to create peaks and valleys in the sand by swimming low to the ground, then...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2017-10-05 20:38

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Most people have heard of the Venus fly trap (pictured here), but did you know there are more than 600 species of carnivorous plants? There are different trapping mechanisms to catch prey: leaves that snap shut, “pitfall traps”--lidded hollow leaves filled with liq...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2017-10-05 16:50

Sea pigs, also called scotoplanes, are a peculiar type of deep-sea sea cucumber with legged locomotion. Its tube-like appendages operate like a hydraulic system: cavities within the skin inflate and deflate to move the “walking legs.” Often found in large groups of several hundred individuals,...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2017-10-05 00:18

Happy World Animal Day!

Here’s an incredible creature you may not have seen up close: the pangolin. Also known as the scaly anteater, this armored mammal comes in eight different species, four native to Asia and four to Africa. It’s almost entirely covered in overlapping horny scales,...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2017-10-04 12:50

What happens when bear habitats overlap with our own? We’re kicking off a new season of SciCafe tonight with “Humans and Conflicts and Bears: Oh My!” Dr. Rae Wynn Grant will share her research on black bear behavior and ecology as well as tips about what humans can do to be good neighbors. Fin...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2017-10-04 00:15

The sawfish’s formidable snout, called a rostrum, is an amazing sensory organ. With thousands of tiny pores, the rostrum can detect electrical fields emitted by other organisms, allowing this ray to monitor its watery environment. The fish also use it to root out sand-dwelling prey like crus...

American Museum of Natural History Video 2017-10-03 20:07

Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves more than a century ago, but it took until 2016 for astronomers to detect them. Today, the scientists behind the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO), which made the discovery possible, were awarded the ...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2017-10-03 14:37

It’s time for Trilobite Tuesday! The genus Selenopeltis has been found in Ordovician outcrops in England, Portugal, Morocco and the Czech Republic. Some, especially those with a particularly vivid imagination, have speculated that this trill-type may have served as the inspiration for “fac...
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The large, magnified representations of flowers that Georgia O’Keeffe embarked upon in the 1920s became her most famous subjects. In her youth, O’Keeffe had been particularly fascinated by the jack-in-the-pulpit. In 1930, she executed a series of 6 paintings of the common North American herbaceous flowering plant at Lake George in New York. In "Jack-in-Pulpit - No. 2," the plant is set against a pale mauve background, and all four corners of the composition are occupied by green foliage. What strikes you about this color combination? Georgia O'Keeffe, "Jack-in-Pulpit - No. 2," 1930, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Alfred Stieglitz Collection, Bequest of Georgia O'Keeffe

Roy Lichtenstein | Stepping Out | The Met

"Stepping Out" is marked by Roy Lichtenstein's customary restriction to the primary colors and to black and white; by his thick black outlines; and by the absence of any shading except that provided by the dots imitating those used to print comic strips. Yet beneath the simplicity of means and commonplace subject matter lies a sophisticated art founded on a great deal of knowledge and skill. The male is based on a figure in Fernand Léger's painting "Three Musicians" of 1944, but seen in mirror image. He wears a straw hat, high-collared shirt, and striped tie; the flower in his lapel is borrowed from another Léger painting. The female figure, with her dramatically reduced and displaced features, resembles the Surrealistic women depicted by Picasso during the 1930s.