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American Museum of Natural History Photo 2017-11-22 00:09

On this day in 1968, a baby girl was born to parents from the Love Canal neighborhood in Niagara Falls, NY. She had multiple birth defects, and within 10 years her mother was leading protests against a local toxic waste site that would later be called “one of the most appalling environmental t...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2017-11-21 19:01

Do you know North America's rarest mammal? Meet the black-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes), a nocturnal carnivore about the size of a mink. They prey almost entirely on prairie dogs, and prairie dog declines nearly caused the ferrets’ extinction in the 1980s. All black-footed ferrets tod...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2017-11-21 14:52

'Tis the season! Just like the Museum’s halls, the annual Origami Tree is home to reliable favorites and special attractions alike. Models of stalwarts like T. rex grace the tree every year—in fact, one origami pterosaur was folded sometime in the 1970s! This year, the volunteers from Or...

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Due to its aggressive nature and unpredictability, the hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) is considered one of Africa's most dangerous animals. Ancient Egyptians knew and feared these massive mammals, too—and were inspired by them to create art like "William," the fa...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2017-11-20 22:31

Happy birthday to zoologist Karl von Frisch! He discovered bees’ "waggle dance," a figure-eight movement that indicates to others in the hive the direction and distance of nearby flowers with pollen or nectar. Frisch also found that bees can see in color, see ultraviolet lig...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2017-11-20 17:41

Never mind the deadly toxin the poison dart frog secretes—your life may someday be saved by one! Toxic alkaloids, including those from the poison dart frog, may have unique implications for the treatment of neurological and muscular disorders.

The bright colors of the poison dart frog war...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2017-11-19 20:45

With built-in parachutes, sugar gliders—marsupials from Australia and New Guinea—can leap from a tree and glide, sometimes as far as half a football field! They join "flying" squirrels and "flying lemurs" as the only living gliding mammals. While each appear...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2017-11-19 16:44

She's logged more than 872 hours in space over four missions and has been inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame—happy birthday to Eileen Marie Collins! After college, she joined the Air Force and eventually became an instructor pilot and test pilot before being selected for NASA's...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2017-11-19 02:33

The smallest mammal that ever lived could be sitting right on your shoulder, and you’d hardly know it. Batodonoides vanhouteni (model pictured) lived about 50 million years ago in what is now Wyoming, and was so small that it could climb up a pencil. It also weighed as little as a dollar bil...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2017-11-18 22:04

Puffins have been dubbed "clowns of the sea" because of their facial markings and brightly colored bills—but this humorous appearance doesn't last throughout the year! The Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) develops its orange bill, with a yellow-outlined patch of blue,...
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American Museum of Natural History Photo 2017-11-21 14:52

'Tis the season! Just like the Museum’s halls, the annual Origami Tree is home to reliable favorites and special attractions alike. Models of stalwarts like T. rex grace the tree every year—in fact, one origami pterosaur was folded sometime in the 1970s! This year, the volunteers from OrigamiUSA also added models inspired by the new exhibition Our Senses: An Immersive Experience, including optical illusions and balancing figures. Visit the tree in the Astor Turret, located on the fourth floor of the Museum, through January 7, 2018, to find your favorite pieces.

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