Lonesome George, the last Pinta Island giant tortoise, was unveiled at the Museum this afternoon. He will be on public view for just over 3 months, through January 4, 2015. Museum scientists worked closely with taxidermy experts to preserve Lonesome George as he appeared in life.
Learn more about Lonesome George.
The Hall of North American Mammals looked a little different in 1907.
This photograph of the Wapiti Elk Group was taken by J. Otis Wheelock in 1907, before the scene was recreated as one of the Museum’s iconic dioramas. You can compare this image with the modern Wapiti diorama here.
The rearing barosaurus towers over the Museum’s main entrance. Taken by @jmsuarez_ #InsideAMNH
#InsideAMNH @samthecobra captures a corner of the Akeley Hall of African Mammals. Visible in the lower left is the iconic gorilla diorama.
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Dr. Brian Smith will be answering questions today from 3 pm-4 pm. You can ask Brian about his job, what it’s like to head into the field, his favorite bird, or anything else! Just tweet @amnh today with #AskACurator.
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@karim.mustafa glimpses @samthecobra through a retired monarch butterfly diorama during a behind-the-scenes tour of the Invertebrate Zoology collections area. #InsideAMNH
A shot of the architecture in the Rose Center for Earth and Space by @jnsilva #InsideAMNH
When standing in front of the Museum’s dioramas, it is easy to lose yourself in the incredible realism of the scene. Taken by @dave.krugman #InsideAMNH.
@jmsuarez_ captures an empty corridor in the Mineralogy collections area. The Museum’s collections total in excess of 100,000 minerals and 3,700 gems. #InsideAMNH