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Egyptian coffins often were customized; the name of the person who died was written on the lid in hieroglyphs. The scene at the top of this coffin shows the god Thoth introducing the deceased man to the god Osiris. But the area above the man’s head, where his name should be, is blank. This coffin probably was purchased from a coffin shop, not specially commissioned, and the name of the person inside was never added. #mummies #amnh #insideamnh ©AMNH/C. Chesek

Today the Museum's Giant Blue Whale got a bath! Check out our story for a closer look at the cleaning.
#WhaleWash #Whale #BlueWhale #amnh #InsideAMNH

We're open regular hours, from 10 am—5:45 pm all weekend. Come explore spring at the Museum! #amnh #insideamnh #spring #springbreak

American Egret diorama, Hall of North American Birds. The Leonard C. Sanford Hall of North American Birds features more than 20 dioramas that depict bird species in habitats ranging from the Florida Everglades to Alaskan riverbeds, with forests, prairies, marshes, and deserts among the ecosystems represented. #insideAMNH #amnh #spring #springbreak

This holiday season don’t forget to swing by the Museum to visit some winter favorites including the Butterfly Conservatory, Origami Tree, and holiday dinos out front. #insideamnh #nyc #newyork #holiday © AMNH/D. Finnin

The Jelly Dome opens tomorrow! Jellies astound scientists with their unique capacity to pulse through the sea, regenerate, and even glow. Environmental changes like warming seas threaten countless species, yet these very changes drive the rapid growth of jelly populations around the world. Dive into the world of jellies and experience a day in the life of these astonishing animals. #jellyfish #milsteinscienceseries #jellydome #insideamnh #amnh

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

Modern technologies have given researchers non-invasive methods of examining mummies, and today researchers employ a range of non-destructive tools, including computerized tomography (CT) scanners that take hundreds of X-ray images with each rotation. ©AMNH/C. Chesek #mummies #insideamnh #amnh

Coming to the Museum this weekend? Be sure to tag us in your photos @AMNH Instagram and check out our new geosticker in stories! #insideamnh #nyc

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A real treat to work from the library 📚 of the natural history museum and to visit the #origami 🌲 thanks to @mai7404 😍💫#insideamnh #amnh #nyc

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from @amnh - One of Australia’s largest bats, the grey-headed flying fox has a 3-foot wingspan and doesn’t echolocate, instead relying on sight and smell to navigate and forage for food. These social animals form large colonies, or seasonal “camps,” with hundreds or even thousands of other individuals, and use more than 20 types of squeaks to communicate. They eat nectar and fruit, and take off at dusk in search of their next meal, flying up to 30 miles away from their campsite. With more than 180 plant species in their diet, the grey-headed flying foxes are considered crucial pollinators and help disperse seeds across long distances.
Photo: Srikaanth Seka #flyingfox #flyingfoxes #greyheadedflyingfox #bats #batsofinstagram #wildlifephotography #amnh #insideamnh #australianwildlife

from @amnh - The chevrotain, one of the smallest hoofed mammals in the world, is known by many names--and comparisons to many other animals. Its common name comes from the French for “little goat.” In English, it’s also called a “mouse-deer.” In Telugu, one of the classical languages of India, it’s called “jarini pandi,” which means “a deer and a pig.“ What does this tiny hoofed critter look like to you? Photo: Bjørn Christen Torrisen. #chevrotain #mousedeer #chevrotains #deer #wildlifephotography #amnh #insideamnh #naturalhistory

from @amnh - Despite its name, the Little Blue Heron, Egretta caerulea, isn’t blue when it’s little. As juveniles, this species have all-white plumage and yellowish legs, and sometimes blend in with snowy egrets and other types of herons. They molt into their purple and gray adult plumage and then undergo additional transformations during mating season, when their head turns dark gray, legs turn black, and the black tip of the bill becomes more prominent. Unlike other herons, Little Blues also have no ornate “aigrette plumes” on their head, which spared them from early 20-century hunters who nearly exterminated other species to sell plumes for feather-adorned high-fashion hats. Photo: Phil's 1stPix (https://goo.gl/W6cJH9) #littleblueheron #blueheron #heronsofinstagram #heron #herons #wildlifephotography #amnh #insideamnh #egrettacaerulea

from @amnh - The pangolin, also known as the scaly anteater, is an armored mammal that comes in eight different species, four native to Asia and four to Africa. It’s almost entirely covered in overlapping horny scales, with only the face and underside exposed. Pangolins have no teeth and rely on their long tongues to capture termites, ants, and other insects.Their long, prehensile tails help some species balance when they occasionally walk on their hind legs, and they also come in handy for self-defense. Pangolins have the unfortunate distinction of being the planet’s most highly trafficked mammal, with all eight species listed as threatened by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. #pangolin #pangolins #wildlifephotography #wildlife #amnh #insideamnh #naturalhistory

from @amnh - If you think this thorny dragon’s exaggerated spikes get it noticed in the wild, think again. Technically known as a moloch, the Australian lizard is notoriously hard to spot. The 8-inch animal remains perfectly motionless whenever something approaches and blends in with the sandy deserts where it roams in search of black ants, which it consumes by the thousands. Thorny dragons do use their impressive spikes to dissuade predators, and if an attacker persists, they’ll lower their heads to reveal a “false head” on the back of their neck.
Photo: Brian W. Schaller. #thornydragon #moloch #molochs #lizard #lizards #wildlifephotography #australianwildlife #amnh #insideamnh #naturalhistory - 😮

from @amnh - Australia’s frilled lizard, Chlamydosaurus kingii, is famous for its oversized neck flap, which stands to attention like a satellite dish around its head when it feels threatened. To deter attackers, the animals also hiss intensely--and if those antics don’t do the trick, they turn to another time-tested strategy: running. The lizards flee from predators with wild abandon, legs churning and mouth agape in almost comical fashion, until they reach the safety of the nearest tree. Photo: Matt Clancy. #frilledlizard #frilledlizards #lizard #lizards #amnh #insideamnh #chlamydosauruskingii #Chlamydosaurus #naturalhistory

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