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spending your sunday lounging like the koala this australian native sleeps as much as 18 hrs per day often mis
Spending your Sunday lounging like the koala? This Australian native sleeps as much as 18 hrs per day! Often mistaken for a species of bear, it's actually a marsupial. It prefers forest or woodland habitats abundant in eucalyptus trees, since eucalyptus leaves are its main food.
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say hi to pallas cat this wild feline is native to central asia ranging from western iran to western china it
Say “hi” to Pallas’ cat! This wild feline is native to central Asia, ranging from western Iran to western China. It's a fluffy cat that has long, dense fur to keep it warm. The hair on its body is nearly 2x as long as on its head, creating the illusion that it's larger in size.
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this silver llama figurine is a rare example of inca metalwork about 500 yrs old it s from the island of the s
This silver llama figurine is a rare example of Inca metalwork. About 500 yrs old, it's from the Island of the Sun, or Lake Titicaca, Bolivia. Anthropologists think that its red blanket indicates that this was a special llama that was kept by the Inca ruler as a mascot.🦙
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on this day in 1875 the hms challenger crew discovered the deepest place on earththe mariana trench at the tim
On this day in 1875, the HMS Challenger crew discovered the deepest place on Earth—the Mariana Trench. At the time, they measured a depth of 8,184 m (5 mi), but more advanced tech today has uncovered a depth of nearly 11,000 m (6.9 mi)! Explore the depths in #UnseenOceans
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have you ever heard of coquerel s sifaka its native to the deciduous forests of madagascar where it lives in g
Have you ever heard of Coquerel's sifaka? It’s native to the deciduous forests of Madagascar, where it lives in groups of ~10 individuals. The arboreal primate’s name comes from the “shif-auk” sound it makes when making its way through the treetop.
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did somebody say friday meet the ornate hawk eagle its patterned plumage helps keep it concealed amid the dapp
Did somebody say Friday? Meet the Ornate Hawk-eagle. Its patterned plumage helps keep it concealed amid the dappled sunlight in the tree canopy. This bird of prey snacks on a variety of critters—it can even take on the Great Curassow, a bird more than twice its size!
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love dinosaurs join our dino detectives facebook group we hear from museum scientists each week about an excit
Love dinosaurs? Join our Dino Detectives Facebook Group! We hear from Museum scientists each week about an exciting project that centers around famed paleontologist Barnum Brown, boxes of bones from 1934, a map from the Museum's library...and more >> https://t.co/SB01uyDf7q
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amendment we forgot our smallbut mightywild card winner the antlion 36 points how are our frenemies doing only
*Amendment: We forgot our small—but mighty—wild card winner, the antlion! 36 points.

How are our frenemies doing? @goCMNH @COSI @naturalsciences @DenverMuseumNS @SamNobleMuseum (Only tell us if your score is less than 36, thanks).
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it s time for a march mammal madness update our bracket benefited with strong performances from the spinner do
It's time for a March Mammal Madness update! Our bracket benefited with strong performances from the spinner dolphin + manatee. The @FieldMuseum is #TeamMoose and we were, too... for this round! Currently 35 points. #2019MMM

Also, enjoy a manatee from the Hall of Ocean Life 👇
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happy megalochelys atlas is smiling because its almost the weekendthis large land turtle lived during the late
Happy #FossilFriday! Megalochelys atlas is smiling because it’s almost the weekend.This large land turtle lived during the Late Pliocene ~2 mil yrs ago. The skeleton in the Hall of Vertebrate Origins was collected by Museum fossil hunter Barnum Brown in 1922 in Chandigarh, India.

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next time you eat guacamole thank a giant ground sloth the lestodon these 15 ft animals ate avocado whole trav
Next time you eat guacamole, thank a giant ground sloth: the Lestodon! These 15-ft animals ate avocado whole, traveled, and then pooped, depositing the pits in new places. Most mammals couldn't handle large seeds, so it was up to megafauna to disperse (and fertilize!) avocados.
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a wombats main defense is a tough backside its rump is mostly cartilage resistant to bites a group of is calle
A wombat’s main defense is a tough backside: its rump is mostly cartilage, resistant to bites. A group of #wombats is called a wisdom.
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it s did you know manatees are natural lawn mowers that help maintain healthy marine ecosystems by keeping aqu
It's #ManateeAppreciationDay! Did you know manatees are natural lawn mowers that help maintain healthy marine ecosystems by keeping aquatic vegetation in check? Sometimes referred to as “sea cows,” they are actually more closely related to elephants. #Respect the manatee!
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behold the rainbow eucalyptus what gives it such a spectrum of color bark starts out in shades of green but ch
Behold the rainbow eucalyptus! What gives it such a spectrum of color? Bark starts out in shades of green, but changes to a range of purple, red, & orange as it peels and ages. Variety of color may help the tree absorb a wider range of light to aid in photosynthesis.
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goblin sharks thrust their jaws 3 inches out of their mouths at speeds up to 10 ft per second in what scientis
Goblin sharks thrust their jaws 3 inches out of their mouths at speeds up to 10 ft per second in what scientists call "slingshot feeding."
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not all blood is red a horseshoe crabs is blueand it clots in the presence of disease causing bacteria so manu
Not all blood is red. A horseshoe crab’s is blue—and it clots in the presence of disease-causing bacteria, so manufacturers test drugs with it to make sure their products aren’t contaminated. If you’ve been vaccinated against measles, mumps & smallpox, thank a horseshoe crab.
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the museum s now has its official scientific name check out t s text messages w the blue to find out what it i
The Museum's #Titanosaur now has its official scientific name. Check out T's text messages w/ the Blue 🐳 to find out what it is.
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why so blue the hummingbird bobtail squid gets its striking color from pigment holding cells called chromatoph
Why so blue? The hummingbird bobtail squid gets its striking color from pigment-holding cells called chromatophores distributed throughout its body. It’s a tiny squid: males only reach sizes of ~1.2 in (3 cm), while females grow up to ~2 in (5 cm).
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what bird is green flightless and native to new zealand if you guessed the kakapo strigops habroptilus you are
What bird is green, flightless, and native to New Zealand? If you guessed the Kakapo (Strigops habroptilus), you are correct! This large, nocturnal bird is the world’s only flightless parrot and is the heaviest parrot in the world, weighing in at up to 8 pounds.
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happy birthday to marie curie born on this day in 1867 in 1903 she became the first woman to win a nobel prize
Happy birthday to Marie Curie, born on this day in 1867. In 1903, she became the first woman to win a Nobel Prize for the discovery of radium & polonium. In 1911 she won another Nobel Prize for producing radium as a pure metal & for further studies on radioactive elements.
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