Smithsonian's NMNH

Smithsonian's NMNH


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🧑‍🎨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  🌊

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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 

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We love 🦎🦎🦎, and we love finding them, too! 😍🦎

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!

#DYK the origins of Africa’s Grevy’s zebra can actually be traced back 2.5 million years ago to North America? Paleontologist@amjukar  tells this #FossilFriday  story. 🦓

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. 🧑‍⚕️

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#DYK the Latin word for cacao is Theobroma, which means 'food of the gods'? We certainly think its deserving of that name! #WorldChocolateDay 

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#PrattKeeping is a key component of the exhibition process. Our Dinosaur Curator, Matthew Carrano, has a tough job!

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“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 

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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 

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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.

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Our giant #babyshark  (Carcharocles megalodon) and staff are cheering on the @Nationals  in their first game of the #WorldSeries  tonight! You can doo-doo, doo, doo, doo doo it! #StayInTheFight  ?

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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 

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Today we mourn the loss of our friend and colleague Terry Erwin, Research Entomologist and Curator of Coleoptera. Terry started his career @NMNH  nearly 50 years ago, in July 1970.

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