Cartoon of Cope in a fist fight with Frazer

NC Museum of Natural Sciences researcher delves into Edward Drinker Cope’s final feud

October 3, 2016

RALEIGH — A notoriously combative Quaker naturalist, Edward Drinker Cope relished a good fight. His infamous quarrel with Yale paleontologist, Othniel Charles Marsh, which climaxed in 1890 when it became front-page fodder for the New York Herald, was one of the great scandals of nineteenth-century American science. But it was not his last. New research… Read More >

Prairie Ridge walkers

MEDIA ADVISORY – Prairie Ridge Ecostation TRACK Trail grand opening Friday, September 30 at 1:15 pm

September 29, 2016

Media Advisory Kids in Parks TRACK Trail opens at Prairie Ridge with special ceremonial vine cutting Friday, September 30 at 1:15 p.m. RALEIGH — Members of the media are invited to experience the grand opening of the Kids in Parks TRACK Trail on Friday, September 30 at the Prairie Ridge Ecostation, 1671 Gold Star Drive,… Read More >

Acrocanthosaurus head. Photo: Christophe Hendrickx

Outrageous Heads Led to Outrageously Large Dinosaurs

September 28, 2016

Tyrannosaurus rex and other large meat-eating theropods were the biggest baddies on the prehistoric block, and ornaments on their heads could help us figure out why. New research from North Carolina State University shows that theropod dinosaur species with bony crests, horns and knobs evolved to giant body sizes 20 times faster than those species… Read More >

Liani Yirka

Museum’s accessibility and inclusion coordinator wins Governor’s Award for Excellence

RALEIGH — Liani Yirka, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ first Accessibility and Inclusion Coordinator, today received a 2016 Governor’s Award for Excellence for her tireless efforts to make the museum more accessible and welcoming to people with disabilities. The Governor’s Award for Excellence is the highest honor a State employee may receive and is awarded… Read More >

Anaconda movie still - anaconda looking menacing

It’s a scream! Museum’s Final Friday features “Anaconda” plus live boas, September 30

RALEIGH — Giant snakes have crawled their way into every realm of popular culture. Nicki Minaj sings about them, Neville Longbottom fought one, and we all know how Samuel L. Jackson feels about them when they get on his airplane. But what do we know about real giant snakes? For this month’s Final Friday, the… Read More >