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American Museum of Natural History Photo 2018-11-12 20:02

Did you know the largest flying parrot in the world is the Hyacinthh Macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus)? It can weigh as much as 1.7 kilograms (3.5 pounds) and grow to be 1 meter (3 feet) long! Besides its size, the parrot is distinguished by its rich blue plumage, with yellow ri...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2018-11-12 14:12

Meet Xianshou linglong, an early member of the mammal family known from 160-million-year-old fossils found in China. The animal is a member of a group called Euharamiyida, weighed between 1 and 10 ounces, and had a tail and feet with features that indicate it was a tree dweller. It likely look...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2018-11-12 01:26

Who is this striking critter? It’s the Wire-tailed Manakin (Pipra filicauda)! Native to northern South America including parts of Venezuela, Colombia, and Brazil, it lives in forests and snacks on fruits and insects. Males are known for group dances during courtship rituals as they try...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2018-11-11 14:18

Did you know that adult hedgehogs have about 8,000 needles on their backs? Newborns come into the world with soft spines beneath their skin, making birth less painful for their mothers! Within about 36 hours, an infant hedgehog’s second coat of spines begins to take emerge and harden. Hedg...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2018-11-11 01:06

What makes the Royal Fly Catcher (Onychorhynchus coronatus) so regal? Its ornate, crownlike crest! Both males and females have crests, but they differ in color: males’ crests are scarlet while females’ are yellow-orange. But it’s very rare to see a crest in full flare: usually, the...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2018-11-10 14:09

How do scientists study the oceans? Most ocean life is hidden from our view because light waves can’t penetrate very far beneath the surface. But sound waves travel farther and faster in water than on land—making sonar a powerful tool for exploring ocean life. Visit the Museum’s special exhibition...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2018-11-10 00:58

Did you know wolverines (Gulo gulo) have snowshoe-like paws that can rival the size of an adult wolf’s? Although their name sounds wolfish, wolverines are not closely related to wolves. They look bearlike, but no close relation there, either. Wolverines are instead the largest member of ...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2018-11-09 20:01

Happy Fossil Friday! The group of dinosaurs known as pachycephalosaursids had distinctive heads, with high, round skulls. Scientists once thought that modern bighorn sheep, with their two large, rounded horns, could provide a model for the behavior of dome-headed dinosaurs. But research ...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2018-11-09 14:05

Happy birthday to Carl Sagan, born on this day in 1934 in Brooklyn, New York. The American astronomer, astrophysicist, and author (among other things) helped explain space to the general public through hundreds of articles, dozens of books, and his popular public television series C...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2018-11-09 01:11

Meet the Golden-hooded Tanager (Tangara larvata)! This brightly colored bird ranges from southern Mexico to northern South America and can be spotted in parts of the Caribbean. It lives in small groups in tropical forest habitats, hopping along tree branches while foraging for fruit, insec...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2018-11-06 20:12

The largest salamander in the world? That would be the Chinese giant salamander (Andrias davidianus), which can grow up to 1.8 meters (5.9 feet) long. It’s fully aquatic but lacks gills. So how does it breathe? Through its scaleless skin, which absorbs oxygen from, and releases car...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2018-11-06 01:36

Say hello to the ghost bat (Macroderma gigas)—so called because the pale color of its fur. This carnivorous bat is native to Australia where it lives in a range of habitats such as rainforests, tropical savannas, mangroves, and woodlands. It has a varying diet, preying on reptiles, lar...
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Tate Photo 2018-06-07 18:20

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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Photo 2018-06-07 15:58

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National Gallery Photo 2018-06-07 12:43

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