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Spring has sprung at the Museum! Spend your weekend exploring the wonders inside and outside the Museum. #amnh #uws #spring #tulips

This #FossilFriday get to know Edmontosaurus annectens! The duck-billed dinosaur isn’t a true mummy, but it boasts a rare fossilized imprint of dinosaur skin that may have even preserved some ancient tissue.

Whether it’s a souvenir shell collecting dust on your mantel or the weird rock that doubles as your paperweight, most folks have a little natural history collection in their homes. (We certainly do!) On Saturday, May 6, we want to see yours at the Museum’s annual Identification Day. #idday #amnh #insideamnh

Uncover the guts and glory of object conservation! Check out our story to see the latest episode of Shelf Life. #shelflife #amnh #insideamnh

It's time for #TrilobiteTuesday! Gotland is a large island located 55 miles off of Sweden's south-eastern coast. Trilobites have been collected and studied from the locality's 420 million-year-old sedimentary rocks since 1851. Almost a millennium earlier, this 1,300 square mile refuge served as an important Viking trading settlement, remnants of which can still be found amid this area's rugged shores. In key spots throughout Gotland, thick limestone beds have perfectly preserved a rich Silurian fauna featuring an abundant array of trilobite species. Usually presented in a fine, toffee-colored calcite, these wonderfully three-dimensional specimens include such trilo-types as Kettneraspis angelini (pictured here), Sphaerexochus latifrons and Calymene neotuberculata. With many of the fossil-bearing Gotland layers now completely submerged under the waters of the surrounding Baltic Sea, recently found specimens from this locale have been few and far-between.

This rock solidified from a basaltic magma within a few hundred meters of the surface, probably beneath a volcano. It cooled rapidly, giving it a fine-grained, peppery appearance. The black mineral is pyroxene, and the white one is plagioclase. #MineralMonday #insideamnh #amnh

"Science is important now, as always, because it reveals the truth that underlies natural events and lets us use that understanding to learn more." Julie Feinstein, Collections Manager #WhyIScience

The first #EarthDay was in 1970. What’s changed since?Earth Day kicks off at 9 am, with coffee and doughnuts for the first 1,000 March for Science participants on the steps of the Museum's entrance on Central Park West.
#ScienceMarch #ScienceMarchNYC #AMNHEarthDay #WhyIScience

Tomorrow is Earth Day! Scientists and staff at the Museum are celebrating by welcoming participants in the March for Science NYC to our front steps for an #EarthDay kickoff to celebrate the vital role that that science plays in society and in our individual lives. For details about the Museum's Earth Day programming and to RSVP for the Earth Day Kickoff, please visit the link in our bio. #AMNHEarthDay #WhyIScience #ScienceMarchNYC #ScienceMarch

"Science is about teaching how to think, how to question, how to reason. And when students get that “aha!” moment, you know you’re doing the right thing," Maureen Pricci, Butterfly Magnet. #WhyIScience #amnhearthday #earthday

"Science is our most powerful way of understanding our surroundings, our bodies, our health, our environment. Our civilization at this point is based on knowledge gleaned from scientific research. Our welfare depends on science. And limiting our investigation of science will limit our progress as a civilization," Mordecai-Mark Mac Low, Curator, Department of Astrophysics. #WhyIScience

It's time for #TrilobiteTuesday! Trilobites were an amazingly cosmopolitan class. These creatures were capable of surviving in just about any marine environment that became available to them. Evidence of their adaptability is pervasive. In fact, the fossilized remains of trilobites have been discovered on every one of Earth's continents—from the rugged steppes of Siberia to the coastal cliffs of Australia to the heartland of North America. Sometimes, however, the trilobite fossils we now uncover on landmasses spaced randomly around the globe provide a rather distorted view of the oceanic ranges that these species may have actually enjoyed during their lengthy trek through the Paleozoic. Due to Plate Tectonics, species such as this Olenellus that may have shared a similar oceanic environment half a billion years ago now find their fossilized remains separated by thousands of miles. #fossil #trilobite

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