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Museum Publications

Museum publications include a biannual magazine, North Carolina Naturalist, zoological publications and pamphlets, Brimleyana, posters and natural science materials for young readers. Museum curators and researchers also have works issued through other publishers.

To order these Museum publications (except as noted), list your name, full address, title of each publication, number of copies, cost of each publication and total costs. North Carolina residents add 7% sales tax to the pre-shipping total. Make check payable to Museum Extension Fund 2460 and mail to:
    Administrative Assistant for Research & Collections
    NC Museum of Natural Sciences
    11 West Jones Street
    Raleigh NC, 27601-1029


Naturalist cover, Spring 2004 - cecropia mothNorth Carolina Naturalist

The North Carolina Naturalist is an 18-page biannual publication sponsored by the Friends of the Museum. A subscription is one of the benefits of membership in the Friends. Members also receive a calendar of events three times a year. The Naturalist includes news about Museum events, workshops, trips and classes, articles about Museum staff research and other natural science topics, and information about Friends events. For details, call the Friends office at 919.707.9846.  


Zoological Publications

Endangered, threatened and rare fauna

  • Contributions of the North Carolina Biological Survey, 1884–1980 $1
  • Part I. A Re-evaluation of the Mammals, Mary Kay Clark, ed., 52 pages, 1987 $5
  • Part II. A Re-evalution of the Marine and Estuarine Fishes Steve W. Ross, Fred C. Rohde, and David G. Lindquist, 24 pages, 1988 $3
  • Part III. A Re-evaluation of the Birds David S. Lee and James Parnell, eds. 52 pages, 1990 $8
  • Part IV. A Re-evaluation of the Freshwater Fishes Edward F. Menhenick and Alvin Braswell, 106 pages, 1997 $15


  • Atlas of North American Freshwater Fishes* David S. Lee et al., 867 pages, 1980
  • Fish Atlas, 1983 Supplement D.S. Lee, S.P. Platania, and G.H. Burgess, 68 pages, 1983 $10

* To order the Atlas of North American Freshwater Fishes, please contact:
Serpent's Tale
P.O. Box 405
Lanesboro MN 55949-0405
TEL: 507.467.8734
FAX: 507.467.8735


  • A Distributional Survey of North Carolina Mammals $5
  • Fourth Colloquium on conservation of mammals in the southeastern United States $20


  • The Seaside Sparrow, Its Biology and Management $15
  • Autumn Land-bird Migration on the Barrier Islands of Northeastern North Carolina $5
  • Potential Effects of Oil Spills on Seabirds and Selected Other Oceanic Vertebrates Off the North Carolina Coast $8
  • Checklist of North Carolina Birds 75 cents
  • Bird Life of North Carolina's Shining Rock Wilderness $5

For Young Readers

  • A Whale Called Trouble, 7" X 5" Booklet. The story of a male Sperm Whale that was found at Wrightsville Beach, N.C., in 1928 and later became the Museum mascot. $3.00.
  • Color the Critters, Coloring book. Illustrated by Stacy Lewis. 16 pages. $2.00. Matching crayons available for $1.00

Ordering Information

To order either of these books, call The Museum Store at 919.707.9854. In North Carolina, outside the local calling area, dial tollfree 877.4NATSCI. The store will take credit card orders over the phone, or send an e-mail and ask the store to call you!

Other Publishers

Islands in the Cosmos: The Evolution of Life on Land by Dale A. Russell, Foreword by Simon Conway MorrisIslands in the Cosmos: The Evolution of Life on Land

By Dale A. Russell, Senior Curator of Paleontology
Foreword by Simon Conway Morris

480 pages, 39 color photos, 2 color illus., 13 b&w illus., 4 graphs
6.125" x 9.25"
$34.95 + shipping
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The evolution of life on Earth from its origins to the present day

"Dale Russell is one of the great creative thinkers of all time in paleontology. This book—clearly the product of a full life considering these questions—does not disappoint."
—David E. Fastovsky, author of Evolution and Extinction of the Dinosaurs

How is it that we came to be here? The search for answers to that question has preoccupied humans for millennia. Scientists have sought clues in the genes of living things, in the physical environments of Earth from mountaintops to the depths of the ocean, in the chemistry of this world and those nearby, in the tiniest particles of matter, and in the deepest reaches of space. In Islands of the Cosmos, Dale A. Russell traces a path from the dawn of the universe to speculations about our future on this planet. He centers his story on the physical and biological processes in evolution, which interact to favor more successful, and eliminate less successful, forms of life. Marvelously, these processes reveal latent possibilities in life's basic structure, and propel a major evolutionary theme: the increasing proficiency of biological function. It remains to be seen whether the human form can survive the dynamic processes that brought it into existence. Yet the emergence of the ability to acquire knowledge from experience, to optimize behavior, to conceptualize, to distinguish "good" from "bad" behavior all hint at an evolutionary outcome that science is only beginning to understand.

Dale A. Russell is senior curator of paleontology at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and author of A Vanished World: The Dinosaurs of Western Canada and An Odyssey in Time: The Dinosaurs of North America.

a long look at nature book coverA Long Look at Nature
The North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences

By Margaret H. Martin
With original photography by Rosamond Purcell
170 pages, 165 photographs
UNC Press November 2001
Trade paperback, $20.95 + shipping
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What does a jar of preserved leopard frogs or the articulated skeleton of a beached sperm whale say about the way we understand nature in North Carolina? Margaret H. Martin, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences' director of communications, explores this question in "A Long Look at Nature." The book explores the role of the museum as public interpreter of our natural world and is accompanied by 165 photographs, many of them by renowned natural history photographer Rosamond Purcell.

"A Long Look at Nature" celebrates North Carolina nature in all its diversity and highlights the Museum's crucial role in interpreting North Carolina's heritage. Founded over 120 years ago, the Museum serves as a keeper of natural history collections, a vital resource for the scientific community, and a public interpreter of our natural world. The book is both an engaging introduction to the Museum and a striking visual tribute to its collections.

The book is organized around the Museums' collections: Rocks and Minerals, Fossils, Invertebrates, Fishes, Reptiles and Amphibians, Birds, and Mammals. Martin looks at how these collections have been interpreted over time, tracing the shift away from a nineteenth-century presentation of nature as something ripe for exploitation to a more contemporary view of natural communities as complex, interconnected, and deserving of conservation.

"An excellent job of bringing together in a most readable and interesting way the people, the places, and the fascinating natural history of our state..." -- C. Ritchie Bell, professor of botany emeritus, UNC Chapel Hill

Reptiles of North Carolina book coverReptiles of North Carolina

By William M. Palmer and Alvin L. Braswell;
Illustrations by Renaldo Kuhler
450 pages
University of North Carolina Press, 1995
$65.00 + shipping
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Based on more than 20 years of research in the field and in museum collections, Reptiles of North Carolina is the definitive work on the 71 reptile species that occur in the state. An indispensable reference for herpetologists, zoologists, wildlife managers, and ecologists, it also will be enjoyed by amateur naturalists.

For each species the authors offer a description that includes characteristics useful in distinguishing the species from similar ones and information on the variation, distribution and natural history of the species in the state. Each account is accompanied by a range map and at least one detailed drawing. A section of color photographs aids in identification of reptiles.

William Palmer, now retired, was curator of reptiles and director of research and collections at the Museum. Alvin Braswell is curator of herpetology at the Museum. Drawings are by Renaldo Kuhler, the Museum's scientific illustrator.

Ordering Information

To order any of these books, call The Museum Store at 919.707.9854. In North Carolina, outside the local calling area, dial tollfree 877.4NATSCI. The store will take credit card orders over the phone, or send an e-mail and ask the store to call you!
To mail an order, add $5 for shipping and handling and send a check to:

The Museum Store
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
11 West Jones Street
Raleigh NC, 27601-1029


Beginning in 1979 and ending in 1998, the Museum published a biannual, peer-reviewed scientific journal Brimleyana, A Journal of Zoology for the Southeastern United States. Subject matter focused on systematics, evolution, zoogeography, ecology, behavior, and paleontology in the southeastern United States.

The Museum has discontinued Brimleyana and mailed the final issue (#25) to subscribers Sept. 1, 1998. Back issues of Brimleyana are available for $10.00 each, postpaid (all but #1 available). A set (issues 2-25) is $75, postpaid.

Make checks payable to Museum Extension Fund 2460 and mail to:

Administrative Assistant for Research & Collections
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
11 West Jones Street
Raleigh NC, 27601-1029

For pricing of multiple, non-sequential issues, contact Deb Creech at 919.707.9932.