Birds are crashing into skyscrapers, the White House curator is retiring, and soon the land will be covered in darkness. We fear the end is near this week. Continue reading ICYMI: Highlights from the week that was May 7 – 13, 2017
From Ella Fitzgerald and Radiohead to artistic cats and flesh-rending vultures, we went from the ridiculous to the sublime and back again this week. Continue reading ICYMI: Highlights from the week that was April 23 – April 29, 2017
Paleontologist Nick Pyenson and astronomer John Kovac have received the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on scientists in the early stages of their careers.
Continue reading Two Smithsonian scientists receive prestigious presidential awards for scientific leadership
You may have heard that an asteroid annihilated the dinosaurs a while back. Do you know what happened next? We know you’re busy, but let Dr. Kirk Johnson, Sant director of the National Museum of Natural History, explain the history of life (and death) on Earth in just three minutes. Continue reading The History of Life on Earth in Three Minutes
Every child knows that the “Tyrant Lizard King” was the biggest, baddest dinosaur of them all. But how did Tyrannosaurus rex and its close relatives become such fearsome predators? The fossilized remains of a newly discovered horse-sized dinosaur reveal the answer. Continue reading Just how DO you get to the top of the food chain?
The Smithsonian has been in the bones business for quite a while. Learn how the accomplishments of a gentleman paleontologist who excavated sites in a coat and tie still resonate within the walls of the Natural History Museum: The Enduring Contributions of James W. Gidley. Continue reading Digging the Fossil Record: Paleobiology at the Smithsonian
We’ve got the petrified poop, we’ve got the presidential connection, we’ve got everything you need to celebrate Sloth Week at the Smithsonian. Continue reading Celebrate Sloth Week at the Smithsonian
Scientists have identified a previously unknown feathered dinosaur nicknamed the “Chicken from Hell.” Continue reading You’d need a heckuva barbeque for this bird
Whale graveyards–and the mass whale strandings that lead to them–have puzzled people since ancient times. A team of Smithsonian scientists have finally solved the mystery of how and why these whales die. Continue reading The Mysterious Case of Cetacean Expiration
Titanoboa–the largest snake the world has ever seen–is being brought back to life. (Warning for ophidophobes: Here there be snakes!) Continue reading “Titanoboa: Monster Snake”