Nature-based citizen science programs, like Dragonfly Pond Watch, offer participants opportunities to observe nature more closely. Credit: Lea Shell.

Can Citizen Science Reverse the Extinction of Experience?

July 3, 2018

Nature-based citizen science programs, like Dragonfly Pond Watch, offer participants opportunities to observe nature more closely. Credit: Lea Shell. (Raleigh, N.C.) – Opportunities for people to interact with nature have declined over the past century, as most people now live in urban areas and spend much of their time indoors. And while adults are not… Read More >


Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (screenshot)

Museum shows “Pirates of the Caribbean” June 29: Prepare to be blown out of the water

June 18, 2018

(RALEIGH, N.C.) — Over 3000 Islands of Paradise. For some it’s a blessing. For others, it’s a curse. If your money’s on blessing, don’t miss “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” when it boards the big screen at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences on Friday, June 29 at 7… Read More >


Masyutin illustration

“Monstrous” new Russian saber-tooth fossils clarify early evolution of the mammal lineage

June 8, 2018

The therocephalian Gorynychus masyutinae, top predator of the Kotelnich fossil assemblage, hunting a tree-dwelling herbivore (Suminia getmanovi). Art by Matt Celeskey. (Click to enlarge.) Fossils representing two new species of saber-toothed prehistoric predators have been described by researchers from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (Raleigh, USA) and the Vyatka Paleontological Museum (Kirov, Russia)…. Read More >


International SUNday

See the Sun in a new light at Museum’s International SUNday event, June 24

May 30, 2018

(RALEIGH, N.C.) — Learn more about our amazing star, the Sun, when the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences hosts International SUNday on Sunday, June 24, noon–3:30 p.m. Safely view the Sun through a solar telescope, hear about unusual space weather and current solar research, and more. International SUNday is held annually on the Sunday nearest to the… Read More >


Coyote range expansion by decade, 1900–2016.

How Coyotes Conquered the Continent

May 22, 2018

(RALEIGH, N.C.) — Coyotes now live across North America, from Alaska to Panama, California to Maine. But where they came from, and when, has been debated for decades. Using museum specimens and fossil records, researchers from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and North Carolina State University have produced a comprehensive (and unprecedented) range… Read More >