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Mission: The Natural History Museum of Utah illuminates the natural world and the place of humans within it.

When people of think fossils two things generally come to mind. First they think BIG: big dinosaurs! big mammals! big fi...
01/31/2020

When people of think fossils two things generally come to mind. First they think BIG: big dinosaurs! big mammals! big fish! Second they think HARD: hard bones! hard teeth! hard tusks and hard shells.

Which is why for today’s #FossilFriday we’re subverting the narrative by checking out some small, soft fossils in our collection!

Specifically, a feather and a fly from Utah’s Green River Formation.

The Green River formation dates back 50 million years ago during the Eocene Epoch when Utah, Wyoming and Colorado were covered in large intermountain lakes. If you’ve ever stopped at one of Utah’s many Rock shops along our scenic byways and seen Plant or Fish fossils displayed, you’ve probably seen fossils from the Green River Formation!

This feather is only one of a handful of fossilized feathers in our entire collection and probably belonged to a bird! (“No, duh!” you might be thinking to yourself, but consider this, our other feather in collections could easily have belonged to a dinosaur!)

Insects with hard caprices are far more likely to fossilize than those with soft bodies, like this fly, which why it’s so special to our collection. Fossilized insects and animals of all types help tell us the long and interesting evolutionary history of life on earth.

01/28/2020
Utah Education Network

Hey teachers! Check out this video to see how the Natural History Museum of Utah's Research Quest can help your students enhance critical thinking skills while answering the same questions our research scientists work on.

New local segment of SciTech Now!

On this episode of SciTech Now, we see the development of Research Quest to better meet students' needs with critical thinking and technology in the classroom. As technology evolves, Research Quest adapts to improve students’ critical thinking skills and brings it to the forefront of learning.

Watch it now and stay tuned for a future broadcast announcement of this segment!

DinoFest continues today at NHMU. Paleontologist speakers start at noon and the festival, along with lots of dinosaur ac...
01/26/2020

DinoFest continues today at NHMU. Paleontologist speakers start at noon and the festival, along with lots of dinosaur activities and access to collections and the Paleo Prep Lab, goes until 5 p.m. We hope you can join us!

DinoFest 2020 is here! The Museum is full of dinosaur enthusiasts and experts and we are exploring the Extinction of Din...
01/25/2020

DinoFest 2020 is here! The Museum is full of dinosaur enthusiasts and experts and we are exploring the Extinction of Dinosaurs all weekend. Lectures have begun and will continue on Sunday starting at noon. The festival happens 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and we hope you can join us! Visit our website or Facebook event for more details.

We're thrilled to announce a new species of dinosaur today! A new Allosaurus.
01/24/2020
Thoughts on naming a new dinosaur

We're thrilled to announce a new species of dinosaur today! A new Allosaurus.

NHMU is thrilled to announce a new species of Allosaurus.

01/24/2020

Tune in to our Facebook Live at 10 a.m. for the announcement of a new dinosaur!

#FossilFriday

The University of Utah Bird Window Collision Project is working to reduce the alarming number of bird collisions that oc...
01/24/2020
Barbara Brown: Saving birds from human building design flaws

The University of Utah Bird Window Collision Project is working to reduce the alarming number of bird collisions that occur with buildings covered in clear or mirrored windows. See what steps are being taken around campus with the help of the student-supported Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund.

You can also learn more about the Salt Lake Avian Collision Survey in Nature All Around Us, a special exhibit open at NHMU through May 25.

With only five carcasses by New Year’s Day, I thought that we had escaped this year’s killing season at the University of Utah. Then came the dreaded “bird down” message on the first day of classes. We found 10 dead and two stunned cedar waxwings under the windows of two adjacent buildings o...

We're very Dino-focused as we approach this weekend's DinoFest (and we'll have some big paleo news too!), but our scient...
01/23/2020
Australia on fire: What are the impacts? | @theU

We're very Dino-focused as we approach this weekend's DinoFest (and we'll have some big paleo news too!), but our scientists do other things as well. Check out this piece on the horrible situation in Australia featuring our very own Mitch Power:

The wildfires in Australia are among the most severe in history.

Horns and armor were often the protective equipment of plant-chomping herbivorous dinosaurs, but were rarely found on th...
01/22/2020

Horns and armor were often the protective equipment of plant-chomping herbivorous dinosaurs, but were rarely found on their meat-eating counterparts. One example of this exception is Ceratosaurus, which boasted a prominent horn that added to its menacing profile. Come learn more about this fascinating dinosaur, nicknamed "Horn-Lizard," at DinoFest, happening this weekend at NHMU from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. You'll get up close with these amazing fossils and meet the expert paleontologists studying them.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/460140641353162/

The Natural History Museum of Utah has been nominated as one of USA TODAY's 10 Best Readers' Choice travel awards for Be...
01/22/2020
Vote- Best Science Museum Nominees: 2020 10Best Readers' Choice Travel Awards

The Natural History Museum of Utah has been nominated as one of USA TODAY's 10 Best Readers' Choice travel awards for Best Science Museum! Please take a moment to follow this link and vote for NHMU before February 17. You can vote once a day for the run of the contest: http://bit.ly/2uotznM

Voting for the Best Science Museum is open! Cast your vote daily to help pick the 2020 10Best Readers' Choice Award for Best Science Museum.

01/21/2020
Part 3: Learn about the eastern fox squirrel on Squirrel Appreciation Day

The eastern fox squirrel was introduced to Salt Lake County in 2011 and they have now spread to many neighborhoods. Learn more about this new arrival and how scientists at NHMU are studying their potential impacts on their new home with the help of citizen scientists like you. Video 3 of 3.

See parts 1 & 2: https://www.facebook.com/naturalhistorymuseumofutah/videos/545653722696354/

You can learn more about fox squirrel citizen science in Nature All Around Us, a special exhibition at NHMU through May 25, 2020.

01/21/2020
Part 2: Learn about the eastern fox squirrel on Squirrel Appreciation Day

The eastern fox squirrel was introduced to Salt Lake County in 2011 and they have now spread to many neighborhoods. Learn more about this new arrival and how scientists at NHMU are studying their potential impacts on their new home with the help of citizen scientists like you. Video 2 of 3.

See part 3: https://www.facebook.com/naturalhistorymuseumofutah/videos/268478084113560/

You can learn more about fox squirrel citizen science in Nature All Around Us, a special exhibition at NHMU through May 25, 2020.

01/21/2020
Part 1: Learn about the eastern fox squirrel on Squirrel Appreciation Day

The eastern fox squirrel was introduced to Salt Lake County in 2011 and they have now spread to many neighborhoods. Learn more about this new arrival and how scientists at NHMU are studying their potential impacts on their new home with the help of citizen scientists like you. Video 1 of 3.

See part 2: https://www.facebook.com/naturalhistorymuseumofutah/videos/1594907673981646/

You can learn more about fox squirrel citizen science in Nature All Around Us, a special exhibition at NHMU through May 25, 2020.

**CONTEST CLOSED** Our two random winners are Amanda Bair and Tawna Lemmon Walter. We have contacted you via Messenger t...
01/17/2020

**CONTEST CLOSED** Our two random winners are Amanda Bair and Tawna Lemmon Walter. We have contacted you via Messenger to arrange your tickets to DinoFest this weekend at NHMU. Congrats!

Like and comment to WIN free tickets to DinoFest 2020 on January 25 & 26 at NHMU. It will be a jam-packed weekend when dinosaur experts and enthusiasts from across the country will explore the Extinction of Dinosaurs! Info: http://bit.ly/30uuPli

We will pick two random winners next Tuesday, January 21 and contact them via Facebook. Be sure to follow the Natural History Museum of Utah so we can respond!

#FossilFriday

Tickets are now available for the 2020 NHMU Lecture Series keynote, featuring a conversation between Shankar Vedantam, h...
01/17/2020
Shankar Vedantam & Florence Williams: The Nature Fix | Tickets

Tickets are now available for the 2020 NHMU Lecture Series keynote, featuring a conversation between Shankar Vedantam, host of The Hidden Brain, and award-winning author Florence Williams who will explore the restorative power of nature. The lecture will take place at Kingsbury Hall at The University of Utah on February 25.

Join Shankar Vedantam, host of NPR’s Hidden Brain, as he interviews prize-winning author Florence Williams about the restorative power of nature. For centuries, poets and philosophers extolled the benefits of a walk in the woods: Beethoven drew inspiration from rocks and trees, and Nikola Tesla co...

What killed the dinosaurs? We explore this at DinoFest, Jan. 25 and 26 (event link in comments below). Meanwhile, it's i...
01/16/2020
Meteorite or Volcano? New Clues to the Dinosaurs’ Demise

What killed the dinosaurs? We explore this at DinoFest, Jan. 25 and 26 (event link in comments below). Meanwhile, it's in the news today!

Twin calamities marked the end of the Cretaceous period, and scientists are presenting new evidence of which drove one of Earth’s great extinctions.

Did you know taking photos of nature on your phone can contribute to scientific research? Every day, people like you pos...
01/16/2020

Did you know taking photos of nature on your phone can contribute to scientific research? Every day, people like you post images to the iNaturalist.org app from their smartphones to record worldwide biodiversity. The iNaturalist app is free and welcomes photographers of all skill levels!

Add the app to your phone today and start making your contribution to science. You can learn more about citizen science initiatives like this one in Nature All Around Us, a special exhibit now open at NHMU through May 25.

Photo by James Larson of Salt Lake County.

Our first speaker in this year's upcoming lecture series has an op-ed in the NY Times this week! Check it out and reserv...
01/14/2020
Opinion | How to Stop Freaking Out and Tackle Climate Change

Our first speaker in this year's upcoming lecture series has an op-ed in the NY Times this week! Check it out and reserve your free seats today to see her. She's giving the same talk twice--once here at the Museum, and once at the Viridian Ctr in West Jordan. Links to each are in the comments below.

Come visit us soon.
01/12/2020

Come visit us soon.

66 million years ago, once dominant dinosaurs became extinct on land. Join us for DinoFest—Utah's biggest dinosaur festi...
01/10/2020

66 million years ago, once dominant dinosaurs became extinct on land. Join us for DinoFest—Utah's biggest dinosaur festival—on January 25 & 26 and learn how from renowned paleontologists and the region’s leading dinosaur researchers! See our Facebook event for more details. #FossilFriday

Thanks for Good Things Utah's Deena Marie for creating so much BUZZ around Nature All Around Us. This family-favorite sp...
01/10/2020

Thanks for Good Things Utah's Deena Marie for creating so much BUZZ around Nature All Around Us. This family-favorite special exhibit is open through May 25!

Nature All Around Us is the newest exhibition at the Natural History Museum of Utah! An immersive, hands-on experience with interactive displays, and live animals! 🦋🌱 Now through May 25th! Have you gone?

We're thrilled to announce our 2020 Lecture Series: The Essence of Nature. Tickets to three of the four speakers are fre...
01/09/2020

We're thrilled to announce our 2020 Lecture Series: The Essence of Nature. Tickets to three of the four speakers are free, but require reservations. Reserve your seats today here: https://nhmu.utah.edu/LectureSeries

Want to learn what it was like to raise a family in ancient western North America? Our curator of ethnography, Alexandra...
01/07/2020

Want to learn what it was like to raise a family in ancient western North America? Our curator of ethnography, Alexandra Greenwald, PhD, will be presenting on this very subject at the Museum on Wednesday at 6 p.m. It's included with discounted $5 After 5 p.m. admission and free for Museum Members and The University of Utah's faculty, staff, and students. See our Facebook event for more details.

Great shot, Marty! This foraging bull elk was photographed by Marty Fancy of Summit County and submitted to the Nature A...
01/07/2020

Great shot, Marty! This foraging bull elk was photographed by Marty Fancy of Summit County and submitted to the Nature All Around Us Photo Contest. In all, 450 people from 23 counties in Utah submitted photos of nature in their home cities and towns! Contest winners are on display in the special exhibit now open at NHMU through May 25.

We have some amazing, nature-themed Craft Workshops and a Paint Mixer coming up at the Museum and one is already sold ou...
01/06/2020

We have some amazing, nature-themed Craft Workshops and a Paint Mixer coming up at the Museum and one is already sold out! See what we have cooking with Craft Lake City and The Paint Mixer starting January 15: http://bit.ly/36veU8A

01/02/2020
The Salt Lake City Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights

Happy New Year from the Natural History Museum of Utah! We hope 2020 brings you and your family new opportunities to explore the natural world that starts right outside your front door (yes, even in the city). And, we hope the Museum can help deepen your understanding and appreciation of the Nature All Around Us.

The Salt Lake City Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights is featured in Nature All Around Us, a special exhibition created by NHMU that is open through May 25 at the Museum.

Video production by Colby Bryson and Alec Lyons.

Black holes, giant squids, water on Mars, and colorful dinosaurs! Check out the past decade's top science stories before...
12/30/2019
The Top Science Stories of the Decade

Black holes, giant squids, water on Mars, and colorful dinosaurs! Check out the past decade's top science stories before we welcome 2020.

From fascinating to frightening, here are some of the top science stories of the past 10 years.

Celebrate the new year a little early at NHMU on Tuesday at our Noon Year's Eve celebration. You can explore the entire ...
12/30/2019

Celebrate the new year a little early at NHMU on Tuesday at our Noon Year's Eve celebration. You can explore the entire Museum, including our family-favorite special exhibit Nature All Around Us, and enjoy a party fit for the whole family! It's all included with Museum admission and free for Museum Members and The University of Utah's faculty, staff, and students.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2443220095996756/

On our last #FossilFriday of the decade, NHMU science writer Riley Black takes a look back at the top dinosaur discoveri...
12/27/2019
Top Dinosaur Discoveries of the Decade

On our last #FossilFriday of the decade, NHMU science writer Riley Black takes a look back at the top dinosaur discoveries of the past 10 years: http://bit.ly/2EYNcoI

The past ten years have seen hundreds of new dinosaur discoveries. Here are a few of the highlights.

12/27/2019
DinoFest at the Natural History Museum of Utah

DinoFest returns to the Natural History Museum of Utah on January 25 & 26, 2020. Explore the extinction of dinosaurs as you hear from leading paleontologists from around the world, see fossils up close in the collections and prep lab, and meet the region's foremost dinosaur researchers and educators—all in one jam-packed weekend at the Museum. It's all included with regular admission and free for Museum Members and University of Utah faculty, staff, and students!

#FossilFriday

Happy Holidays! NHMU is open daily throughout the holidays but will close early at 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve and be closed...
12/24/2019

Happy Holidays! NHMU is open daily throughout the holidays but will close early at 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve and be closed Christmas Day.

This beautiful wildlife photo titled "Sandhill Cranes in Snow" was captured by Judy Feltman of Summit County and is one ...
12/23/2019

This beautiful wildlife photo titled "Sandhill Cranes in Snow" was captured by Judy Feltman of Summit County and is one of the Nature All Around Us photo contest winners currently featured in the exhibit.

Judy wrote, “Sandhill cranes come back to live at my house and pastures every year in March. They bring their babies to meet me when they are big enough to leave their nests. I enjoy capturing shots of the cranes and other wildlife visitors.”

See Judy’s photo along with all the contest winners on display in Nature All Around Us now open at the Museum.

Happy Winter Solstice! The solstice is this evening at 9:19 p.m. The days will start to get longer now. Photo by Mark Da...
12/21/2019

Happy Winter Solstice! The solstice is this evening at 9:19 p.m. The days will start to get longer now. Photo by Mark Davey of the sunrise this morning along the Wasatch Mountains, not far from the Museum.

What do you know about our first curator?
12/20/2019
NHMU 50: The Museum's First Curator

What do you know about our first curator?

Eric Rickart's fascination with nature from an early age, led him to becoming the Museum's first scientific curator.

Exciting news! After a competitive nationwide search, we’re thrilled to share that Jason Cryan will serve as the Natural...
12/19/2019

Exciting news! After a competitive nationwide search, we’re thrilled to share that Jason Cryan will serve as the Natural History Museum of Utah's next Executive Director effective March 2020.

A biodiversity scientist and systematist, Jason comes to us from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and brings a wealth of experience in science research and Museum leadership. Jason is excited to honor NHMU’s long history and holds great respect for the Museum’s talented staff.

“The Natural History Museum of Utah is a world-class destination for informal learning in natural sciences and native cultures, a jewel of the University of Utah, and a true treasure for all of the state. I am profoundly honored and absolutely thrilled to be joining this family,” Jason said.

We look forward to introducing Jason to you this spring.

Read the The University of Utah's press release for full details: https://unews.utah.edu.

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The Natural History Museum of Utah is a premier visitor attraction and an active research institution located on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

Guests can explore more than 5,000 artifacts on display that highlight Utah’s incredible history, from ancient past worlds ruled by dinosaurs to the biodiversity that thrives throughout the state today. Discover the stories of Utah’s native peoples, past and present, and see how our state’s world-famous landscapes were formed.

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