Jeff Beane and a lizard friend

Museum collection manager garners Wildlife Diversity Award

July 16, 2015

(RALEIGH) North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Collection Manager of Herpetology Jeff Beane was presented with the 2015 Thomas L. Quay Wildlife Diversity Award by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission today. This award recognizes individuals who make outstanding contributions to wildlife diversity in North Carolina and who are considered leaders in wildlife resources conservation. Beane… Read More >

Mouse, meet cat. The eMammal research project looked at the roaming and hunting habits of domestic cats.

Where the Wild Things Aren’t: Cats Avoid Places Coyotes Roam

June 30, 2015

Domestic cats might be determined hunters, but they stick mostly to residential areas instead of venturing into parks and protected areas where coyotes roam. That’s the key finding from a North Carolina State University analysis of more than 2,100 sites – the first large-scale study of free-ranging cats in the U.S. published in the Journal… Read More >

Carnufex carolinensis, the Carolina Butcher

Crocodile Ancestor Was Top Predator Before Dinosaurs Roamed North America

June 29, 2015

A newly discovered crocodilian ancestor may have filled one of North America’s top predator roles before dinosaurs arrived on the continent. Carnufex carolinensis, or the “Carolina Butcher,” was a 9-foot long, land-dwelling crocodylomorph that walked on its hind legs and likely preyed upon smaller inhabitants of North Carolina ecosystems such as armored reptiles and early… Read More >

Boy learning to use a pipette in the Micro World Investigate Lab

The Biogen Foundation awards the NCMNS $584,700 grant to further cutting-edge science lab-based programming

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will continue to develop and implement public programs focusing on biotechnology and human health for students statewide thanks to a generous three-year grant from the Biogen Foundation (formerly Biogen Idec Foundation). The $584,700 grant is the largest that the Biogen Foundation has ever awarded to a… Read More >

Dig It! Special Exhibition

“Dig It! The Secrets of Soil,” explores the world beneath your feet, opens May 16

June 26, 2015

RALEIGH — How much do you know about the world beneath your feet? The soil we walk on is teeming with life — a quarter of all species on Earth, in fact. And the life and processes in soils are responsible for the vast majority of our food, fibers, construction material, clean water, medicine, and… Read More >