Jeff Beane

Museum herpetologist Jeff Beane named Tar Heel of the Week by N&O

July 29, 2015

BY MARTI MAGUIRE Correspondent for the News & Observer RALEIGH — Jeff Beane isn’t what you’d typically call a “people person.” As manager of the N.C. Museum of Natural Science’s herpetology collection, he works with the thousands of dead snakes, salamanders, turtles and frogs that float in jars at a West Raleigh lab. He spends much… Read More >

Steps to the Chapel by Mark Stephenson

“Moments of Eternity” by painter Mark Stephenson opens at Nature Art Gallery August 7

July 24, 2015

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Art Gallery presents “Moments of Eternity,” a series of oil paintings by North Carolina native Mark Stephenson, Friday, August 7 through Monday, August 31.

Jeff Beane and a lizard friend

Museum collection manager garners Wildlife Diversity Award

July 16, 2015

(RALEIGH) North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Collection Manager of Herpetology Jeff Beane was presented with the 2015 Thomas L. Quay Wildlife Diversity Award by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission today. This award recognizes individuals who make outstanding contributions to wildlife diversity in North Carolina and who are considered leaders in wildlife resources conservation. Beane… Read More >

Mouse, meet cat. The eMammal research project looked at the roaming and hunting habits of domestic cats.

Where the Wild Things Aren’t: Cats Avoid Places Coyotes Roam

June 30, 2015

Domestic cats might be determined hunters, but they stick mostly to residential areas instead of venturing into parks and protected areas where coyotes roam. That’s the key finding from a North Carolina State University analysis of more than 2,100 sites – the first large-scale study of free-ranging cats in the U.S. published in the Journal… Read More >

Carnufex carolinensis, the Carolina Butcher

Crocodile Ancestor Was Top Predator Before Dinosaurs Roamed North America

June 29, 2015

A newly discovered crocodilian ancestor may have filled one of North America’s top predator roles before dinosaurs arrived on the continent. Carnufex carolinensis, or the “Carolina Butcher,” was a 9-foot long, land-dwelling crocodylomorph that walked on its hind legs and likely preyed upon smaller inhabitants of North Carolina ecosystems such as armored reptiles and early… Read More >