Ancient Carpet Shark Discovered with ‘Spaceship-Shaped’ Teeth

January 21, 2019

Galagadon, (c) Velizar Simeonovski, Field Museum. EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE UNTIL JAN. 21, 2019 AT 8:00 A.M. EST The world of the dinosaurs just got a bit more bizarre with a newly discovered species of freshwater shark whose tiny teeth resemble the alien ships from the popular 1980s video game Galaga. Unlike its gargantuan cousin the… Read More >

Mars Attacks

Nice planet. We’ll take it! Museum begrudgingly hosts “Mars Attacks!” Jan. 18

January 8, 2019

(RALEIGH, N.C.) — Once you believe, once you rise above fear, then you will be invited to meet with a new people more powerful than the might of America, more advanced than the brains of Britain. But be prepared for a few changes to what we know and love, as we must learn to dance… Read More >


In space, no one can hear you clean. Museum of Natural Sciences shows “WALL·E” Dec. 28

December 17, 2018

(RALEIGH, N.C.) — Seven hundred years into the future mankind will leave our planet, leaving Earth’s cleanup in the hands of one incredible machine. His name is WALL·E. But after all these years, he’s developed one little glitch … a personality. He’s extremely curious. And just a little bit lonely. But all that is about… Read More >

One hundred and eighty-million-year-old pigment cells (melanophores).

Soft Tissue Shows Jurassic Ichthyosaur Was Warm-Blooded, Had Blubber and Camouflage Coloration

December 5, 2018

Figure 1: Spectacular soft-tissue fossil (MH 432; Urweltmuseum Hauff, Holzmaden, Germany). Cells, cellular organelles and original biomolecules have been discovered in preserved soft parts of an approximately 180-million-year-old ichthyosaur (literally ‘fish-lizard’). Photographic (top) and diagrammatic (bottom) representation of the 85-cm-long fossil (which corresponds to roughly half of the original length of the animal). An ancient,… Read More >

Great Egret - High Island, by Keith Kennedy

Keith Kennedy’s “Wildlife Portraits” opens at Museum’s Nature Art Gallery Dec. 1

November 20, 2018

(RALEIGH, N.C.) — The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Art Gallery presents “Wildlife Portraits” by Raleigh-based photographer and retired scientist Keith Kennedy. The show runs Dec. 1 through Jan. 27, with a Gallery reception Saturday, Dec. 1, 2–4 p.m. All exhibited art is for sale. Kennedy is a recently retired entomologist who has… Read More >