Bolotridon CT reconstructed skull

Museum paleontologist redescribes Triassic protomammal using CT-data

June 24, 2021

The Museum’s Research Curator of Paleontology, Christian Kammerer, has co-authored a new paper: “Cranial anatomy of Bolotridon frerensis, an enigmatic cynodont from the Middle Triassic of South Africa, and its phylogenetic significance,” published in the journal PeerJ on June 16, 2021. Bolotridon was historically one of the most poorly-known cynodonts (a group of synapsids, or… Read More >

Kiara lioness from the Conservators Center

The Legacy of a Lioness

June 23, 2021

A close-up image of Kiara the lioness. Photo: Kathy Patterson. By Lisa Gatens, Collections Manager for Mammalogy, and Micah Beasley, PR & Marketing Coordinator In January 2020, The Conservators Center, a zoological park in Burlington, NC, announced the death of a beloved lioness named Kiara. Almost 17 years ago, Kiara, along with 13 other lions… Read More >

Granite boulder with "North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences" engraved on its face.

NC Science Museums Grant Program application period reopened

June 21, 2021

The competitive North Carolina Science Museums Grant Program is one of the many ways that the State of North Carolina invests in sustaining and advancing one of the most diverse and widespread networks of science museums in the country. These museums are critical resources for schools and communities in providing learning experiences in and out… Read More >

Silver-spotted Skipper by Chris Goforth

Butterflies and Moths: Differences Are Just Scale Deep

June 17, 2021

By Colin Brammer, PhD, Coordinator of the Natural World Investigate Lab Often one wonders what the difference is between butterflies and moths.  They are all just bugs, aren’t they? While native English speakers have two distinct words for the seemingly separate insects, The French, linguistically, consider them the same. Papillon is French for butterfly.  Moth,… Read More >

Lunar Meteorite exhibit

New Lunar Exhibit: Mysteries of the Moon

June 10, 2021

By Rachel Smith, head of Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Lab and curator of meteorites and Micah Beasley, PR & Marketing Coordinator The Mysteries of the Moon exhibit at the Museum’s downtown Raleigh location. Our Moon is more than 238,000 miles from Earth, and now a small piece of it is on display at the Museum’s… Read More >