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September 19, 2022

Albuquerque, NM - The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMHS) and other New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs divisions are part of a major NASA-funded educational outreach project, which is associated with a mission to study unexplored regions of the sun.  

From Monday, Sept. 26 through Wednesday, Sept. 28, the Museum will host the outreach team, which consists of representatives from six scientific and science education institutions across the Southwest, from NASA’s Polarimeter to Unify the Corona and Heliosphere (PUNCH) mission.  

"The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is honored to participate in this groundbreaking solar event,” said NMMNHS Interim Director Gary Romero. “This effort is designed to help teach underrepresented kids about space science, which fits perfectly with the Museum’s objectives.” 

PUNCH is an in-development NASA mission that...

August 22, 2022

Albuquerque, NM- A team of paleontologists, including two from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS), has discovered a new species of horned dinosaur in 74-million-year-old rocks south of Farmington. 

NMMNHS Curator Dr. Spencer Lucas and Research Associate Sebastian Dalman, along with Dr. Steven E. Jasinski from Harrisburg University, published an article in the latest edition of Bulletin of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science describing a new genus and species of horned dinosaur from New Mexico. 

The team named the dinosaur Bisticeratops froeseorum (pronounced “Biss-tie-SAYR-uh-tops frose-e-or-um”), after the Bisti/De-na-zin Wilderness area where the fossil was collected, and for the Froese family of the musical group Tangerine Dream, one of Dalman’s favorite bands. 

Bisticeratops adds to the diversity of Late Cretaceous horned... Read More...

August 17, 2022

Albuquerque, NM- A recent grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services will make it easier for New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS) to keep its largest fossils protected for future generations to enjoy. 

NMMNHS’s Geoscience Department received a $195,533 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, intended to improve the care and access of approximately 1,400 oversized fossil specimens from New Mexico’s largest repository of fossils. This collection includes many scientifically and educationally valuable holotypes: fossils that are designated as the name-bearing representatives for their entire species.  

"Large fossils are challenging to care for because they are both heavy and delicate,” said NMMNHS Geoscience Collections Manager Nicole Volden. “This grant will help us create better storage for these specimens so that they are well protected and accessible for... Read More...

August 4, 2022

Albuquerque, NM - The mighty Tyrannosaurus rex should continue to be classified as a single unique species, according to a new report co-authored by a researcher from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS).  

The new paper, published recently in the journal Evolutionary Biology andheaded by paleontologists at the American Museum of Natural History and Carthage College, refutes a provocative claim made earlier this year that fossils classified as the iconic dinosaur T. rex represent three separate species. The new study finds that the earlier proposal lacks sufficient evidence to split up the iconic species.   

“There appears to be only one species of the ‘Tyrant Lizards’, and that’s the king, T. rex,” said Dr. Thomas Williamson, paleontology curator for NMMNHS and co-author of the study. 

In March 2022, authors of...

June 21, 2022

Albuquerque, NM - A team of paleontologists, including several from New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS), have uncovered a fossil in New Mexico from the oldest tree-climbing reptile on record. 

Research from NMMNHS and Carnegie Museum of Natural History describing the 305-million-year-old fossil has been published in the scientific journal Annals of the Carnegie Museum. The new fossil was found in Northern New Mexico near Chama, in 305-million-year-old rocks from the Pennsylvanian Period of Earth’s history. The fossil is now a part of the NMMNHS collection. 

“Once again a fossil discovery from New Mexico rewrites the paleontology textbooks,” said Dr. Spencer G. Lucas, curator of paleontology at NMMNHS. “In this case, revealing a tiny, agile climber that is a previously unexpected inhabitant of the Pennsylvanian world.” 

Other members of the research team...

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