1. The exhibition The Power of Poison delves into poison’s role in myth and legend as well as human history and health. Striped stones that resembled human eyes, known as agates, were once thought to provide special protection against poisons. The stones would be ground up and drunk in wine to cure poisoning or applied to the skin to cure snake, spider, or scorpion bites. 
Learn more about The Power of Poison.

    The exhibition The Power of Poison delves into poison’s role in myth and legend as well as human history and health. Striped stones that resembled human eyes, known as agates, were once thought to provide special protection against poisons. The stones would be ground up and drunk in wine to cure poisoning or applied to the skin to cure snake, spider, or scorpion bites. 

    Learn more about The Power of Poison.

  2. The Museum’s The Power of Poison: Be a Detective iPad app has been nominated for a 2014 Webby People’s Voice Award.  Download the free app and cast your vote here. 

    The Museum’s The Power of Poison: Be a Detective iPad app has been nominated for a 2014 Webby People’s Voice Award.  Download the free app and cast your vote here. 

  3. If the sky is clear during early morning hours of Tuesday April 15, viewers in the Eastern time zone will see a full lunar eclipse beginning at 3:07 am and ending at 4:25 am. By coincidence, that night, Mars will be the brightest it’s been since 2007 and won’t be again until 2016.
Learn more from the SKY REPORTER.

    If the sky is clear during early morning hours of Tuesday April 15, viewers in the Eastern time zone will see a full lunar eclipse beginning at 3:07 am and ending at 4:25 am. By coincidence, that night, Mars will be the brightest it’s been since 2007 and won’t be again until 2016.

    Learn more from the SKY REPORTER.

  4. Frontiers Lecture: Unraveling the Mystery of Continental Crust Formation →

    For years, Oliver Jagoutz, assistant professor of geology at MIT, and Max Schmidt, professor of geology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, have searched the Himalayan Mountains for clues about the formation of the Earth’s continental crust. Their work has led to discoveries that put the material of the Earth’s molten mantle on par with that of meteorites. In this podcast, Jagoutz and Schmidt discuss the implications of this discovery, and other aspects of the Earth’s formation, for understanding our planet’s evolution.

    Listen to the full lecture.

  5. Living harvestmen—a group of arachnids more commonly known as daddy longlegs—have a single pair of eyes that help them navigate habitats in every continent except Antarctica. But a newly described 305-million-year-old fossil found in eastern France shows that wasn’t always the case. New research published today indicates that primitive harvestmen had two pairs of eyes.

Learn more about this discovery.

    Living harvestmen—a group of arachnids more commonly known as daddy longlegs—have a single pair of eyes that help them navigate habitats in every continent except Antarctica. But a newly described 305-million-year-old fossil found in eastern France shows that wasn’t always the case. New research published today indicates that primitive harvestmen had two pairs of eyes.

    Learn more about this discovery.

  6. How Do Bamboo-eating Red and Giant Pandas Coexist?

    Using high-resolution imaging, scientists at the American Museum of Natural History and the University of Málaga in Spain found that the skulls of the two panda species have structural differences related to the way the animals chew. These substantial differences reflect distinct bamboo-feeding preferences, with red pandas foraging on softer parts of the plant and giant pandas seeking out the tougher stems, allowing the two species to share the same habitat. 

    Learn more about these findings. 

  7. Ancient Flying Reptiles Offer Glimpse at Evolutionary Past →

    The Takeaway visited our new exhibition, Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs, with the curators, paleontologists Mark Norell and Alex Kellner. Listen as they discuss pterosaur discoveries, debate whether the animals had fur or feathers, and try out the pterosaur flight simulator.

  8. Recognize the Gila monster? The dramatic pink, orange, black, and yellow markings on this lizard’s skin may serve as a warning to predators to stay away or risk a painful bite. But the powerful venom of the Gila monster, which is featured as one of the live species in The Power of Poison, has medicinal capabilities as well: one of its components has been used to develop a diabetes drug.Learn more about the Gila monster.

    Recognize the Gila monster? 
    The dramatic pink, orange, black, and yellow markings on this lizard’s skin may serve as a warning to predators to stay away or risk a painful bite. But the powerful venom of the Gila monster, which is featured as one of the live species in The Power of Poison, has medicinal capabilities as well: one of its components has been used to develop a diabetes drug.
    Learn more about the Gila monster.

  9. The 150 species of pterosaurs identified so far show a tremendous range of sizes, wing-shapes, diet, and much more—including the shapes and sizes of head-crests. Scientists have many theories about why crests evolved, which include recognizing one’s own species, cooling, or even steering through the air.
Learn more in a video.

    The 150 species of pterosaurs identified so far show a tremendous range of sizes, wing-shapes, diet, and much more—including the shapes and sizes of head-crests. Scientists have many theories about why crests evolved, which include recognizing one’s own species, cooling, or even steering through the air.

    Learn more in a video.

  10. From the Archives: Museum photographer Thane L. Biewert photographs a colleague photographing Tyrannosaurus rex. (1937) 
Barnum Brown, known as the greatest dinosaur collector of all time, discovered and excavated this specimen starting in 1902. Learn about Brown’s extraordinary career.
Browse more images from the archives.AMNH/315293

    From the Archives: Museum photographer Thane L. Biewert photographs a colleague photographing Tyrannosaurus rex. (1937)

    Barnum Brown, known as the greatest dinosaur collector of all time, discovered and excavated this specimen starting in 1902. 
    Learn about Brown’s extraordinary career.

    Browse more images from the archives.
    AMNH/315293