Study Sniffs Out Effects of Dogs, Humans on Wildlife

October 5, 2016

By D’Lyn Ford/NCSU Exploring a protected forest like Umstead State Park in Raleigh with your dog sounds like a relaxing way to enjoy nature. But how much does your visit disturb wildlife? A new camera-trap study of 33 sites in the Southeast, published in Biological Conservation, provides the first large-scale research designed to answer that… Read More >

Osprey Flying by Lori White

Environmentalist and painter Lori White debuts “Tonal Landscapes” at the Nature Art Gallery October 7

October 4, 2016

RALEIGH— The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Art Gallery presents “Tonal Landscapes,” paintings by Lori White. The show opens Friday, October 7 and runs through  Tuesday, November 1. A Gallery reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, October 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. White is a contemporary realist painter of… Read More >

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 >