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May 4, 2022

Albuquerque, NM - Get ready, Chocoholics: a new exhibition that explores every aspect of your favorite sweet treat is coming to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) this summer. 

On June 17, the Museum will open the doors to “Chocolate: The Exhibition,” a traveling exhibit that engages the senses and traces the evolution of chocolate from a small, bitter seed found deep in the rainforest to the continent-spanning delicacy it is today. The Museum is planning to host a Family Day event, featuring all-ages activities, community presenters, and much more, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 18. Family Days are included in the cost of Museum admission. 

"Many of us love chocolate, but few know the origins behind the candy,” said Gary Romero, interim executive director at NMMNHS. “’Chocolate: The Exhibition’ offers us a unique opportunity for visitors of all ages to learn about the history of... Read More...

April 14, 2022

Albuquerque, NM Scientists with the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS) published new research this week in the scientific journal Oikos. They found a pattern common to isolated systems where small organisms often get larger (gigantism) and large organisms typically get smaller (dwarfism), known as the Island Rule or Island Syndrome.  

“Research such as this at the NMMNHS furthers our understanding of the environment and provides opportunities for students to engage with the museum curators to gain significant experience in pure research that improves their knowledge and provides a step-up to advance their careers,” said Gary Romero, interim executive director at NMMNHS. “In fact, the first author of this study, Mariah Schlis-Elias, is a Research... Read More...

April 5, 2022

Albuquerque, NM - On April 16, the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 16 mission’s launch, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS) will remember the past of human space exploration, while also looking to the future with the new mission to return people to the moon. The four-hour event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will include unique and fun educational opportunities and the premiere of a planetarium show. 

Visitors to the museum during the event can walk on the moon … or at least pretend to! A 40’ X 20’ moon map, which was part of the 2019 Apollo 50th anniversary celebration in Washington DC, will be available to walk on in the museum’s atrium. This detailed geological map names all the lunar craters and other surface features, along with marking the landing spots of all Apollo missions. It is a vinyl, so only socks can be worn for this lunar stroll. 

Visitors will have a chance to...

April 1, 2022

Albuquerque, NM - A paleontologist from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS) assisted with research on the brain development of mammals that has appeared in one of the world’s most prestigious academic journals. 

A new study from the University of Edinburgh that was co-authored by Dr. Thomas Williamson, Curator of Paleontology at NMMNHS, shows that for the first 10 million years after dinosaurs died out, mammals prioritized boosting their body size to adapt to radical shifts in the make-up of Earth’s animal kingdom. The findings were published in the journal Science

“Collecting and CT scanning many of the beautiful fossil skulls has led to this new understanding of what these bizarre animals were like and the evolution of the mammalian brain” Williamson said. 

Research findings show that the size of mammals’ brains, compared with their body weight, decreased... Read More...

February 2, 2022

Albuquerque, NM - A team of paleontologists from the U.K. (Dr. Simon J. Braddy) and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (Research Associate Allan J Lerner and Curator Dr. Spencer G. Lucas) have published an article in the latest issue of the scientific journal Historical Biology describing a new species of giant sea scorpion (eurypterid) discovered in New Mexico.

This sea scorpion fossil is a new and surprising addition to New Mexico’s fossil record. The fossil was found in 305-million-year-old rocks in the Manzano Mountains near Albuquerque. The fossil consists primarily of the telson (tail) of the sea scorpion. The new sea scorpion species, Hibbertopterus lamsdelli, was named for paleontologist James Lamsdell, of West Virginia University, a well-known expert on fossil sea scorpions. The name is pronounced “hibb-urt-OP-ter-us lams-dell-eye.... Read More...

February 1, 2022

Albuquerque, NM – The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is pleased to announce that it will be open on Mondays beginning February 7, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The museum is closed to the public on Tuesdays.

Visitors to the Old Town-area museum can check out two special exhibitions: Dogs! A Science Tail, a highly interactive, family-friendly dive into the remarkably successful relationship between man and canine, and Mars: Science and Culture, presenting unforgettable images taken by exploration spacecraft during the development of our understanding about the Red Planet.  

To accompany Dogs! A Science Tail exhibit, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science will feature the highly-anticipated documentary film Superpower Dogs, narrated by Chris Evans, taking audiences on an immersive... Read More...

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