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July 8, 2021

ALBUQUERQUE – Just as we are hopefully approaching the final days of the Covid-19 pandemic, a new exhibit opening on July 23 at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS) looks at how epidemiologists, veterinarians, and other healthcare workers on the front lines have come together in the fight against infectious diseases around the world throughout history.    

“Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World” debuted at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History to mark the 100th anniversary of the Great Influenza of 1918, a pandemic that took the lives of as many as 100 million people. NMMNHS offers a DIY-produced version of this timely exhibit. From the Nipah virus to SARS and HIV, visitors to the Museum will learn how viruses can spread from animals to people, why some outbreaks become epidemics and how people in different disciplines and countries are working together to stop them. 

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July 7, 2021

ALBUQUERQUE – Throughout human history, honey bees have come to symbolize hard work, community, politics, and faith. This important eusocial flying insect is presented in the exhibit “What’s the Buzz? Why Honey Bees Matter,” opening on July 23 at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. 

“What’s the Buzz?” takes a closer look at bees in culture and religion, their migration history, the physiology and anatomy of bees, and the future of honey bees and their connection to agriculture.  

The exhibit explores how humans for thousands of years have kept honey bees for food and other bee products. For instance, early humans mastered not only the ability to hunt for honey in natural beehives, but they also maintained their own colonies of honey bees for reliable supplies of honey and beeswax. 

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May 11, 2021

Scientists at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS) and other institutions have announced a newly described horned dinosaur first discovered near Cuba, New Mexico, and roamed the area 82 million years ago as one of the earliest ceratopsid species, a group known as horned or frilled dinosaurs. Researchers published their find in the journal PalZ (Paläontologische Zeitschrift). 

Menefeeceratops sealeyi adds important information to scientists’ understanding of the evolution of ceratopsid dinosaurs. In particular, the discovery sheds light on the centrosaurine subfamily of horned dinosaurs, of which Menefeeceratops is believed to be the oldest member. Its remains offer a clearer picture of the group’s evolutionary... Read More...

April 27, 2021

In a partnership between the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center and the R.H. Mallory Center for Community Geography at the University of New Mexico, City Nature Challenge ABQ 2021 invites residents of Bernalillo, Sandoval, and Valencia counties to explore nature in their community and share those observations via the free mobile app iNaturalist from Friday, April 30, through Monday, May 3, 2021. 

This annual four-day event is an opportunity to go outside and discover wild plants, animals, and fungi around your home, neighborhood, parks, and other outdoor spaces. Participants can contribute to the knowledge of urban wildlife and feel connected to other people, locally and globally, during this time of social distancing. 

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April 15, 2021

With assistance from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS), a team of researchers from multiple institutions has named Dracopristis hoffmanorum, a 6.7-foot-long shark that lived 300 million years ago based on a complete skeleton found in the Manzano Mountains, about 30 miles southeast of Albuquerque.  

The research team consisted of John-Paul Hodnett, paleontologist and program coordinator for the Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission’s Dinosaur Park in Laurel, Maryland; Eileen D. Grogan and Richard Lund of St. Joseph’s University in Pennsylvania; Spencer G. Lucas, Curator of Paleontology at NMMNHS; Tom Suazo, former fossil preparator at NMMNHS; David K. Elliot of Northern Arizona University; and Jesse Pruitt of Idaho State University. The new shark was published in the Bulletin of the NMMNHS. 

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