I was fortunate enough to finally view this beautiful thylacine specimen behind the scenes at the AMNH in New York. I have been trying to view it for quite some time if anyone recalls this post!

This was a female that lived at the Bronx Zoo from 1917 to 1919. She was the last of four thylacines to live there [x]. After her death, the New York Zoological Society donated her body to the AMNH. This individual’s skeleton is also part of the museum’s collection.

Unfortunately, none of the AMNH’s thylacine material is currently on public display.


Travel back in time and explore the Museum archives on October 5th!

Celebrate New York Archives Week by coming to the Museum Library to discover the Museum’s rich history of scientific exploration from around the world. Rarely seen collections of field notes, films, photography, artwork, and memorabilia will be on display to tell the hidden stories behind the Museum’s world-famous dioramas and exhibitions.

Watch early moving-image footage from historic Central Asiatic Expeditions to Mongolia, in which a team led by Roy Chapman Andrews discovers the first dinosaur eggs, or browse the original landscape studies painted in the field during Carl Akeley’s perilous expeditions to Africa. The Library staff will explain how these one-of-a-kind objects are cared for and give hands-on demonstrations of the new Digital Special Collections, an online endeavor to make the Library’s extensive image collection available for research and reference. 

This event is part of the New York Archives Week, which runs October 5-11, 2014, an annual celebration aimed at informing the general public about the diverse array of archival materials available in the metropolitan New York region.

The tours, which run between 12 pm - 5 pm are free with Museum admission.

Register today!


Theropods in the AMNH
They for sure love Struthiomimus :P And you can also see the famous Deinocheirus arms. a Dilophosaurus skull, an Ornitholestes (with oviratorids skulls at the bottom) , an Albertosaurus/Gorgosaurus libratus skull and 2 Coelophysis.
Photos taken in 2014 by me.

Terópodos en el AMNH
De hecho que aman los Struthiomimus :P Y también puedes ver los famosos brazos del Deinocherius, un cráneo de Dilophosaurus, un Ornitholestes (abajo unos cráneos de ovirraptóridos), el cráneo de un Albertosaurus o Gorgosaurus y unos Coelophysis.
Fotos mías tomadas en 2014.


Hiroshi Sugimoto: A recent review from The Wall Street Journal features Hiroshi Sugimoto's solo exhibition at Pace: “Mr. Sugimoto (b. Tokyo, 1948) is a master of technique: The pictures taken with a large-format view camera are rich in detail and the prints are luxurious in their tonal range.” 

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Still Life, an exhibition of never-before-seen photographs of dioramas taken at the American Museum of Natural History, is on view at 510 West 25th Street, New York, through June 28.


Tupandactylus imperator

Fast Facts

When: It lived around 115 million years ago

Where: Near a freshwater lake in what is now Brazil

Wingspan: About 10 feet (3 m) 

Food: Fish

No other pterosaur had a bigger crest in relation to its body size than Tupandactylus imperator. Its spectacular crest swept from a bone on the front of its snout all the way over its head, and attached to a long rod jutting out from the back of its skull, like a sail. The extremely rare fossil specimen shows signs of the soft tissue between the bones of the crest—probably a substance similar to bird beaks.

See Tupandactylus and much more in Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs


Prehistoric marine creatures in the AMNH.
Megalodon, coelacanths, plesiosaurs, champsosaurus and tylosaurus.
Also, champsosaurus is not really a marine creature but is here because I forget to put it here.
Photos by me.

Mounstruos marinos prehistóricos en AMNH.
El famoso Megalodon, celacantos, plesiosaurus, un champsosaurus y tylosaurus.
El champsosaurus no es en realidad una criatura marina pero lo pongo acá que me olvidé de ponerlo aquí.
Fotos mías.


Why Moose Fight

In collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History, PBS Digital Studios and ThirteenNY present a new show: Diorama. It does pretty much what it says on the tin, which is to say museum dioramas come to life and are explained by experts!

Yesssss! This is basically what is happening in my brain, and I suspect many others’ brains, when I walk through a museum. I am guessing  this series will basically be Night At The Museum, only with far less Ben Stiller and much more science.

Anyway, talking about this episode, moose mating sounds like something I would not want to get in the middle of. And thanks to this video, I will never unhear the female moose moan. But wow is it interesting.


Glyptodonts and Armadillos in AMNH.
The giant one is a Panochthus, a badly photographed skull of Glyptotherium (in second image), the small Propalaehoplophorus and a modern armadillo, the six-banded armadillo (Euphractus sexcinctus).

Gliptodontes y Armadillos en el AMNH.
El gigante es un Panochthus, luego esta un cráneo mal fotografiado de Glyptotherium (en la segunda imagen), el pequeño Propalaehoplophorus y un armadillo moderno, el tatú peludo (Euphractus sexcinctus).