Extreme Mammals

Museum’s “Extreme Mammals” exhibition now in its final weeks

March 1, 2016

RALEIGH — Through March 27, visitors can explore the surprising and sometimes bizarre world of “Extreme Mammals: The Biggest, Smallest, and Most Amazing Mammals of All Time,” the current featured exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Inspect oversized claws, massive fangs, extraordinary snouts, amazing horns, and other traits that make these mammals… Read More >


Museum pits giant flying turtle against alien calamari for First Friday kaiju death match

February 24, 2016

RALEIGH — Gamera! You are strong Gamera! But are you strong enough to resist attacking Tokyo while under the power of an alien with a remote control? Only one way to find out. Watch the fanged but friendly giant turtle in “Destroy All Planets,” on the big screen at the North Carolina Museum of Natural… Read More >


Museum presentation reveals why hippos are Africa’s greatest killer

February 22, 2016

RALEIGH — Though hippos are often cited as killing more people than any other animal in Africa, human-hippopotamus conflict has rarely been studied. Discover the real story of this conflict and why it is an important issue for hippo conservation, when the North Carolina Zoo’s Corinne Kendall presents “Africa’s Greatest Killer? Understanding Human-Hippopotamus Conflict,” at… Read More >

Beach~Head photo by Rick Jackson

North Carolina marine fossil portraits debut at Nature Art Gallery

February 8, 2016

RALEIGH—The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Art Gallery presents “Beach~Headz: North Carolina Marine Fossil Portraits,” by Rick Jackson, First Friday, February 5 through February 28. Jackson will attend a reception in his honor on opening night from 6 to 8 p.m. inside the Gallery. Beach~Headz are naturally formed faces in the eroded shells… Read More >

A worker (left) and male of the trapjaw ant species Odontomachus ruginodis. Photo credit: Adrian Smith.

Mixed signals: study finds insect species use very different chemicals to identify queens

February 4, 2016

It had been thought that all ants, wasps and other eusocial insects used a common class of chemical compounds to distinguish queens from workers and other members of their colonies or hives. But new research finds that there is significant variation in these chemical signals, even between closely related species. The work was done by… Read More >