Human EnvironmentPublic and private places and buildings, including cities, monuments, parks and reservations
Now overgrown by jungle, the ancient site was once the thriving capital of the Maya civilization
May 2011 | By Chip Brown
A poignant reminder of the region's fraught history, missions such as San Miguel are treasured for their stark beauty
May 2011 | By Jamie Katz
Thirty Earths: ArtEvolved points us to this remarkable set of images depicting the changing physical appearance of the Earth over the last 750 million years. The thirty visual reconstructions were recently released by the Planetary Habitability Laboratory of the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo...
April 29, 2011 | By Mark Strauss
The Museum of Modern Art needs dinosaurs. That was the conclusion of one young visitor named Annabelle after she failed to find any dinosaurs at the MoMA. "ou call your self a museum!" she chided on a comment cards, and her brief critique has been popping up all over the web this week.Not everyone ...
April 26, 2011 | By Brian Switek
On the shore of Lake Superior, the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum details the history of boats lost in the deep waters
April 21, 2011 | By Arcynta Ali Childs
Returning to his native Ohio, author Charles Michener marvels at the city’s ability to reinvent itself
April 2011 | By Charles Michener
As Israeli archaeologists recover artifacts from the religious site, ancient history inflames modern-day political tensions
April 2011 | By Joshua Hammer
Sorting through old canvases in a storeroom, a Yale curator discovered a painting believed to be by the Spanish master
April 2011 | By Jamie Katz
What is it about this tiny, sun-drenched island off the coast of Naples that has made it so irresistible for so long?
April 2011 | By Tony Perrottet
I feel a little sorry that I said Allosaurus had one of the dullest names in paleontology yesterday. It's not the dinosaur's fault that Othniel Charles Marsh gave it the unimaginative title of "different reptile." Had Marsh seen the complete skeleton when he coined the name, perhaps he would have ...
March 23, 2011 | By Brian Switek
Photographs from the 1860s reveal how Union bombardment and a blazing fire devastated much of the South Carolina city
March 23, 2011 | By Ray Gordon and Molly Roberts
About two weeks ago I visited the American Museum of Natural History for a preview of their upcoming dinosaur exhibit. The chance to visit the dinosaur halls—and the collections!—after dark was an opportunity I did not want to miss, especially since my first visit to the museum, in the late 1980s, ...
March 15, 2011 | By Brian Switek
Have you ever seen an Ankylosaurus fly? Stout and covered in heavy armor, ankylosaurs were arguably the least aerodynamic of all dinosaurs, but two months ago the Houston Museum of Natural Science treated onlookers to such a sight as they lifted their ankylosaur sculpture out of its old exhibit.The...
March 14, 2011 | By Brian Switek
Many years ago, before the major renovation of the dinosaur halls, my parents took me to see the dinosaurs at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). I will never forget that visit. Standing below the skeleton of the immense "Brontosaurus," I imagined what the animal would have looked like w...
March 08, 2011 | By Brian Switek
Slowly but surely, museums across the United States are updating their dinosaur exhibits. The state of dinosaur science is changing so rapidly that even exhibits renovated in the 1990s are at least partially outdated, and I am thrilled to see so many institutions incorporating the latest science i...
March 03, 2011 | By Brian Switek
A huge dam on Peru's Inambari River will bring much-needed development to the region. But at what cost?
March 2011 | By Clay Risen
Go to the dinosaur hall of almost any major natural history museum, and you are likely to find the same creatures. Diplodocus, Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops, Allosaurus, Stegosaurus... I have seen these dinosaurs over and over again, but there are hundreds and hundreds of dinosaur species that I have...
February 10, 2011 | By Brian Switek
Stretching 90 feet long in life, Barosaurus was one of the largest of all dinosaurs. Despite its size, however, this sauropod was able to hide in the collections of the Royal Ontario Museum for over four decades.Barosaurus were rare dinosaurs. One of the few skeletons ever found was uncovered by p...
February 02, 2011 | By Brian Switek
The author finds inspiration at the doorstep of his Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house near the central California town
February 2011 | By T.C. Boyle
A new crop of skyscrapers symbolizes the Polish capital's effort to rebuild its downtrodden image
February 2011 | By Rudolph Chelminski