See How Museum Of Natural History Turned Lonesome George Into Taxidermy

The Pinta Island tortoise Lonesome George was the last known member of his subspecies and he has become a symbol of the importance of conservation. This short documentary shows us how the taxidermists at the American Museum of Natural History preserved Lonesome George for future generations. » 1/04/15 8:00am 1/04/15 8:00am

Museum Receives A Million Dollars' Worth of Taxidermy

And you thought you had a lot of random stuff lying around the house. The Virginia Museum of Natural History just scored a taxidermy collection so enormous, its value is over $1 million. » 12/16/14 10:54am 12/16/14 10:54am

The Ten Most Bizarre Theories About Why the Dinosaurs Went Extinct

One fact that paleontologists have always agreed upon is that the dinosaurs are all dead. Beyond that, there's been plenty of room for disagreement—especially concerning the cause of the giant reptiles' extinction. Here are 10 of the most unusual theories. » 4/30/14 10:00am 4/30/14 10:00am

Strange Historic Photos From Antarctica and Other Kingdoms of Ice

Right now, a science expedition to Antarctica is trapped in ice, waiting to be freed so they can continue exploring. They're just the latest group of humans to venture into the unpredictable, frozen world of the South Pole and beyond. Here are some of the most incredible and awe-inspiring images from over a century of… » 1/01/14 3:00pm 1/01/14 3:00pm

Ten Bizarre Tales of Taxidermy

Taxidermy is a skill and art form that many think is plenty weird all on its own, even though it was practiced by luminaries like Charles Darwin and Theodore Roosevelt. It stretches from the lows of PT Barnum's Feejee Mermaid to the highs of the myriad museums of natural history to the macabre artistry of rogue… » 3/10/13 7:00am 3/10/13 7:00am

What caused the Great Coal Crash of 300 million years ago?

Coal generates nearly half the electricity we use in the United States. We all depend on the fossilized remains of plants — but the vast majority of the coal in the ground comes from a single era, from 360 to 300 million years ago. » 6/28/12 11:14am 6/28/12 11:14am

First Detailed Look Inside the Childhood of a Lost Species

How did mammoths grow up? It's a simple question, but one that has been difficult to answer. Much of what paleontologists know about the great Ice Age beasts come from teeth, bones, and comparisons to living elephants, but our knowledge of their early lives has been restricted by a lack of well-preserved mammoth… » 11/08/11 12:00pm 11/08/11 12:00pm

What the first journey to the South Pole could teach space explorers

The American Museum of Natural History's current exhibition, Race To The End Of The Earth, is about two teams competing to discover the South Pole in 1911. Only one team made it back. What can present-day scientists learn from that? » 7/12/10 11:30am 7/12/10 11:30am

The worst extinction in our planet's history, and what it means for…

The mass extinctions that wiped out the dinosaurs aren't the worst in our planet's history, Paul Gilster explains. The absolute worst extinction event occurred around 2.4 billion years ago. » 7/02/10 2:30pm 7/02/10 2:30pm

Own a Tyrannosaurus Rex of Your Very Own

If you've ever wanted to own a piece of prehistory (and have cash to burn), you'll want to check out the natural history auction taking place at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas on October 3rd. For between $2 to 8 million, you can pick up Samson, one of the most complete T-Rex skeletons ever assembled. And if your… » 9/14/09 4:37pm 9/14/09 4:37pm