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American Museum of Natural History Photo 2019-03-20 00:28

Did you know Dimetrodon was one of the earliest relatives of mammals? The large "sail" on its back may have been used for temperature regulation, to attract mates, or to frighten off other animals. Dimetrodon is a member of a group called synapsids. Behind the eye socket in i...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2019-03-19 19:03

Soon after the fall of the Soviet Union, a veritable onslaught of trilobite specimens began to emerge from the Volkhov River region near St. Petersburg, Russia. Much of the material was being drawn from a series of geological layers collectively known as the Asery Horizon, which had formed 450...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2019-03-19 00:27

Ever heard of the antlion? It’s infamous for the funnel-shaped sand pits it creates during its larval stage. What’s the pit for? To catch ants so it can eat them! When an ant wanders into the trap, a young antlion will pop up from the center of the pit and snatch the ant with its pincer-like...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2019-03-18 19:06

Meet the Scarlet Ibis (Eudocimus ruber)! This vibrant bird is native to northern South America and parts of the Caribbean, where it prefers swamps, mangroves, and mud flats. It isn’t always colorful—it starts out life with a mix of brown and grey plumage. As it grows and consumes red cru...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2019-03-18 13:34

Happy Megafauna Monday! In today’s scene, an enormous goanna (Varanus [Megealania] priscus) lunges at a wallaby in the Naracoorte region of south Australia 50,000 years ago. The goanna is the largest known Quaternary lizard. Its smaller relative, the highly carnivorous Komodo dragon ...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2019-03-17 23:44

All tyrannosaurs were built to kill, but the biggest and baddest of them all was Tyrannosaurus rex. With its huge size, sharp claws and teeth that could bite through bone, it dominated the competition. A T. rex could bite with about 7,800 pounds of force (34,500 N)—equivalent to the we...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2019-03-17 19:02

Did someone say St. Patrick’s Day? The Irish hare (Lepus timidus hibernicus) thought it heard someone mention it. This critter is a subspecies of mountain hare and is only found in its namesake country. Unlike like other mountain hares, which molt and grow white coats for the winter, this ...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2019-03-16 19:02

The sand cat (Felis margarita) can be found in the Sahara desert, as well as in parts of the Middle East and central Asia. This feline is well-adapted to its desert habitats: thick soles insulate its feet, allowing it to walk on hot sand during the day and cold sand at night. This wild ca...
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