The @Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Understanding the natural world and our place in it. Comment policy: http://t.co/dEmqsDtVTo
🧑🎨We're offering a free art-science summer program for ages 8-12! 🧑🔬 🐟Students will draw deep sea fishes, make jellyfish puppets, and more while exploring deep sea animals. 7/13-7/17. #SmithsonianEdu 🌊
Smithsonian’s @LizAleutians is “in” and here to show you how geologists “travel” to the center of the Earth. Post your questions about geology, everyday life challenges, or how to survive off the grid and she’ll try to answer them in upcoming episodes of The Dr. Is In!
The eyes, ears, and nostrils of hippopotamus are located at the top of their heads, allowing them to breathe and see while submerged in water. Their canine and incisor tusks grow throughout their lives, and their molars are adapted for eating plants. #DrawerOfTheDay
For #FossilFriday we're sharing the work of three of our paleo postdoctoral fellows. First up: @VeraKorasidis , a palynologist who explores how we use fossil plants to understand how Earth's climate has changed in different places over time!
Nothing is perfect, including (and especially) fossils. Smithsonian paleontologist Scott Evans explains that even an imperfect fossil can unlock a wealth of information about past worlds. #FossilFriday
🌋 Obsidian is a natural glass that commonly erupts as a lava flow. 🌋 🌈 The color variation seen here is due to different chemical compositions. Obsidian has been used to make arrowheads 🏹 and the earliest scalpels. 🧑⚕️
“The most important thing when taking photos of a fossil specimen is always including a scale bar! 1 Rhomaleosaurus = 7 vertebrate paleontologists.” - Laura Soul, #DeepTime Education Specialist in our Paleobiology Department #ThisPaleoLife #FossilFriday
Anthropologist Grover Krantz loved to teach & loved his pets. He decided that when he died he would donate his body to a scientific research collection—as long as his dog Clyde could stay with him. What better way to honor the love between man & man's best friend? #NationalPetDay
Proof that birds are dinosaurs? A mourning dove with her chick in a Triceratops-protected nest. Happy #FossilFriday and thanks to ’ Urban Bird Habitat for creating this ecosystem and the photo! #SmithsonianInBloom
On what would’ve been #Prince ’s 60th birthday, we share this purple wonder. This chalcedony—a type of quartz—from Sulawesi, Indonesia is a variety called “grape agate.” Scientists are still trying to uncover the physics and chemistry behind its bubble-looking shapes.
This fascinating specimen is the skull of a “narluga,” or narwhal-beluga hybrid, found in the waters off Greenland. The skull has a number of erupted teeth that are shaped like tiny narwhal tusks, as opposed to the beluga’s flat, peg-like teeth. #NarwhalWeek #ArcticLegend