National Museum of Natural History
Last week, we asked for help identifying a picture.You were all wrong. No, it wasn't a specimen from the moon. Or Anne Coulter's pet, or a portrait of Nixon, or, um, a baby panda embryo.Paleontologist Brian T. Huber from the National Museum of Natural History's department of paleobiology reveals t...
November 05, 2007 | By Beth Py-Lieberman
Native American Douglas Chilton (or Yaa nak.ch, his Native name) started carving a canoe this fall, when a raven alighted near his workspace. Chilton, who belongs to the Raven clan of the Tlingit Indians, viewed the raven’s appearance as a blessing, especially because he and his colleague Rosita ...
October 18, 2007 | By Sarah Grusin
This summer, news reports rang with concern that the mighty Humboldt squid was expanding its home turf off the coast of California. Known to congregate in Baja’s Sea of Cortez, at least for the last 30 years, jumbo squid, up to seven feet long and weighing as much as 100 pounds, have been found in...
September 18, 2007 | By Megan Gambino
"Lucy," the renowned fossil skeleton of one of the world's earliest known human ancestors, which was recovered in Hadar, Ethiopia, in 1974, recently began a six-year tour in the United States, organized by the Houston Museum of Natural Science. The fossil, however, will not go on view at the Smith...
September 04, 2007 | By Beth Py-Lieberman
The stand up comic's archive holds a lifetime of proven punch lines
March 2007 | By Owen Edwards
In part two of this series, Smithsonian diamond expert Jeffrey Post, curator of the National Gem and Mineral Collection, discusses conflict diamonds, colored diamonds and synthetic gems grown in the lab
January 01, 2007 | By Cate Lineberry
In the final installment of this three-part series, Smithsonian diamond expert Jeffrey Post, curator of the National Gem and Mineral Collection, discusses the fascinating stories behind the Smithsonian's diamond collection
January 01, 2007 | By Cate Lineberry
In the first installment of a multi-part series, Smithsonian diamond expert Jeffrey Post, curator of the National Gem and Mineral Collection, explains how the rare crystals form
December 2006 | By Cate Lineberry
In the mid-1800's, "ships of the desert" reported for duty in the Southwest.
July 2006 | By Owen Edwards
A rare Burmese ruby memorializes a philanthropic woman
February 2005 | By Owen Edwards
Where do you put all those treasures?
June 2003 | By Lawrence M. Small
From a computer-generated model, sculptors cast a bronze triceratops that Looks like the real thing
October 2001 | By Michael Kernan
A Smithsonian anthropologist applies his expertise to cases of missing children and disaster victims
April 2000 | By Michael Kernan
After nearly two centuries of exposure, the Star-Spangled Banner gets a much needed overhaul
October 1998 | By Michael Kernan
Retrieved from a mile beneath the earth's surface 65 million years after their creation, they bear witness to a cataclysm - and the death of the dinosaurs
April 1998 | By Valerie Jablow
Life came hard for people like historian Lonnie Bunch's ancestors; he strives to commemorate them
January 1998 | By Michael Kernan
A young war-horse helped Phil Sheridan win the day in the Shenandoah Valley and, made famous by a poem, helped Abraham Lincoln win re-election
November 1996 | By John Fleischman
It took four years, a shipwright and help from the British to create the blue whale model installed in the National Museum of Natural History. After 33 years, it still attracts millions annually
October 1996 | By Adele Conover
The story behind the Smithsonian's display tiger leads back into tiger history, man-eating and otherwise, and sadly, back to the fact that tigers are now endangered
November 1995 | By Adele Conover