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Carnegie Natural History  CMNH collects and cares for specimens and artifacts that document the history of life and human cultures.

Ever wonder where birds and butterflies go on those long, seasonal migratory journeys? So do scientists, and the installation of several new antennas at Powdermill Nature Reserve will help them find out.

The museum has eight Motus setups in southwestern Pennsylvania. Motus (which is Latin for “movement”) is an international collaborative research network that tracks small flying organisms, like birds, butterflies, and bats, that have been fitted with digitally encoded radio transmitters.
#migration #science #museum

Wulfenite from China

It is big, green, and was recently seen by people for the first time ever. The newly discovered Peruvian Viridigigas ciseskii is a neotropical ghost moth found in the Andes Mountains and is the first of its kind to be officially categorized.
John Rawlins, curator of the Section of Invertebrate Zoology at Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and John Grehan, a research associate, described the new species and published their findings in the Annals of Carnegie Museum.

This piece shows the nine clan animals of the Iroquois on the back of a great turtle.

Did you know that the museum has nearly 600 timber rattlesnakes in its collection?

Dippy, our museum’s most famous dinosaur, has inspired young paleontologists for years, and his statue on Forbes Avenue inspires selfies outside of the museum every day! Most recently, Pittsburgh’s favorite dinosaur was the inspiration for a new flavor of ice cream —Dippy Dino Rocks!

You can sample Dippy Dino Rocks ice cream on July 22 at Super Science Saturday: Scientist Takeover, courtesy of Klavon's Ice Cream Parlor, where the new flavor will be sold!

A common violet sea snail, a limpet, and a royal murex

What is in a tail? Your back is made of a series of small bones stacked together called vertebra (plural is vertebrae). This is the reason why animals with vertebrae, such as fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals, are called vertebrates. A typical mammalian back shows five regional variants or types of vertebrae. These are neck (cervical) vertebrae supporting the head, thoracic vertebrae anchoring the ribcage, lumbar vertebrae with the abdomen, sacral vertebrae with the pelvis, and caudal vertebrae with the tail. These five types are readily distinguished from each other, with their structure reflective of their function and position within the spine or vertebral column. A back walks a delicate balance between two seemingly incongruent functions—strength to provide support and flexibility to allow movement. It is the battle between these that in bipeds like us often ends in back pain.

This Hopi early morning Talavai katsina was collected in 1904.

Pargasite on marble from Vietnam

Did you know that paleontologists, botanists, zoologists, and many other scientists are studying nature and making discoveries at the museum? Meet real scientists, and learn more about what they do on July 22 at Super Science Saturday: Scientist Takeover. Free with museum admission.

Happy #InternationalChocolateDay! Did you know that this sweet treat beloved around the world becomes a deadly eat when consumed by dogs? Why?
Theobromine, the ingredient in chocolate that gives humans a pleasant taste, causes seizures in dogs. So next time you are enjoying a chocolate ice cream cone, how about a vanilla one for #Lassie!
Learn more about what makes a poison and how different species react to them at The Power of Poison, open through September 4, 2017.
#CarnegieMuseumofNaturalHistory #Chocolatelover #Poison

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