Students from Exploris Middle School in downtown Raleigh identify microfossils as part of the Cretaceous Creatures project.

Microfossils major part of museum’s public science project

June 7, 2023

Eighth grade students across the state, like these shown here at Exploris Middle School in downtown Raleigh, have spent the last year studying microfossils as part of the Cretaceous Creatures public science project through the Museum. Photo: Mike Garr/NCMNS. By Jennifer Allen, More than 4,500 eighth graders during this school year have been helping… Read More >

Yellow flowers in the Beggartick genus at Prairie Ridge.

The Problem-Solving Power of Science: Unveiling the Facts

June 5, 2023

In a NC Department of Natural & Cultural Resources blog post, Secretary Reid Wilson topically notes that science is “everything, everywhere, all at once,” and a new department partnership, The NC Science Trail, will help you to connect with 60+ locations to explore the amazing science & nature our state has. The Museum is proud… Read More >

Gila monster

NCMNS veterinary intern assists in examination of Gila monster

June 2, 2023

The Gila monster in its transport container. The containers are covered on their way to the Window on Animal Health to reduce stress. By NCMNS Veterinary Sciences Intern, Emma Eldridge Hey, everybody! My name is Emma, and I’m a rising second-year student with an intended focus in zoological and wildlife medicine. This summer I’ll be… Read More >

Inostrancevia africana was the apex predator of its time and place.

South African fossils reveal ancient beast’s epic journey to oblivion

June 1, 2023

Permian saber-toothed protomammal Inostrancevia africana is confronted by the much smaller gorgonopsian, Cyonosaurus, over the apex predator’s dicynodont prey. Illustration: Matt Celeskey. Click to enlarge. By Will Dunham, Reuters WASHINGTON, May 22 (Reuters) – It was a dire moment for life on Earth. Runaway global warming triggered by calamitous volcanism in Siberia inflicted the worst… Read More >

Fireflies at Prairie Ridge Ecostation

PrairieFest, Museum of Natural Sciences’ celebration of all things prairie, June 3

May 25, 2023

Prairie Ridge Ecostation, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ 45-acre outdoor learning center in west Raleigh, will host the first PrairieFest celebration in honor of National Prairie Day on June 3. Click photo for a larger image. Photo: Karen Swain/NCMNS. RALEIGH, N.C. — Join us for the first PrairieFest celebration in honor of National… Read More >