Asian Common Toad (Duttaphrynus melanostictus) in Laos by Brian L. Stuart.

New research looks at genetic variation in a human commensalist toad

January 15, 2016

Most species are negatively affected when humans transform natural habitats into urban areas and agricultural lands, but a few species actually benefit from these activities. These species — called human commensals — thrive in human-modified environments. One example, the Asian Common Toad (Duttaphrynus melanostictus), is extremely abundant in villages, towns, cities and agricultural areas across… Read More >

New research looks at primate skin microbiome

January 13, 2016

Skin microbes play a role in human body odor, health and disease. Compared to gut microbes, we know comparatively little about the changes in the composition of skin microbes in response to evolutionary changes in hosts, or more recent behavioral and cultural changes in humans. No studies have used sequence-based approaches to consider the skin… Read More >

This juvenile green sea turtle passed his swim test less than 24 hours after arriving at the Museum. Photo: Savannah Crockett

Museum staff assist with cold-stunned turtles

You may have heard of the hundreds of cold-stunned sea turtles that washed ashore or were found in waters off the North Carolina Coast in early January. While the North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island has facilities to handle up to 40 sea turtles during a typical winter, this particular incident affected over 600. Based… Read More >

Tiny Giants 3D: Scorpion mouse and Harris Hawk, Arizona

Join us at the Museum for an evening of “Tiny Giants” and singing mice

January 12, 2016

Raleigh — The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences hosts an evening of extreme proportions featuring a special screening of “Tiny Giants 3D” in the Museum’s WRAL-3D Theater on Thursday, January 21, 7:30 p.m. “Tiny Giants” won Best Immersive film at the 2015 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. This extended, 40-minute version includes 20-minutes of additional… Read More >

Jeremy Taylor

Museum hosts “Your Body by Darwin,” a look at the role of evolution in health and medicine

January 5, 2016

RALEIGH — Doctors often work to cure our ills as if we are malfunctioning machines and they are teams of skilled mechanics. But the human body is not a machine — it is a bundle of living material that has been produced over millennia through evolution by natural selection. Join author Jeremy Taylor for a… Read More >