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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. 

City Nature Challenge is a worldwide collaborative effort to find and... Read More...

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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April 2, 2021

ALBUQUERQUE – A new online exhibit has emerged from a popular installation currently on view at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS).

Visitors to the museum’s website can now take a virtual tour of the in-person exhibition “Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies,” which boasts New Mexico’s young dinosaurs from the late Cretaceous period, such as the Bisti Beast, Pentaceratops, and Parasaurolophus, includes unique fossils, and addresses how dinosaurs gave birth and raised their young.

“Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies” features fossils from the museum’s own collections as well as illustrations and sculptures created by many well-known forensic artists.

Included in the online version of this temporary exhibition are high resolution images of art, models, and fossils, as well as explanations from NMMNHS curator of paleontology Thomas Williamson, Ph.D. Visitors can also watch videos of... Read More...

March 15, 2021

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS) will safely reopen to the public on Wednesday, March 17, following a temporary closure last month due to positive COVID-19 cases reported by staff members. Museum hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, closed Monday and Tuesday, and visitation will be limited to 75 people at any one time.

Health and safety is the highest priority for NMMNHS, and the museum has taken every necessary precaution during the closure to prevent, manage, and mitigate the possibility of the virus spreading beyond the facility.

Online ticketing is strongly encouraged in order to facilitate an efficient entrance into the museum and minimize face-to-face contact. Availability is limited. Timed-entry online tickets, with the final entrance of the day at 3 p.m., should be ordered in advance to decrease wait time to enter the museum. No more than five tickets may be purchased at one time. For more... Read More...

March 5, 2021

ALBUQUERQUE – The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science’s new virtual exhibition, “Sayaka Ganz: Reclaimed Creations,” shows how plastic and art can merge to create living expressions with a sense of movement and self-awareness. On display at the museum in 2020, this exhibit has been digitally preserved and is now available for online viewing.   

In “Reclaimed Creations,” Sayaka Ganz visually transforms common household items such as spatulas, spoons, plastic hangers, and cooling utensils into sculptures that depict animals rich in color and energy. The artist was influenced by the Japanese Shinto belief that all objects and organisms have spirits, that if these items are... Read More...

February 25, 2021

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (MNHS) will close to the public beginning Friday, February 26, and will remain closed until Wednesday, March 17.

Earlier this week, four positive cases of COVID-19 were reported by staff members of the MNHS. In all cases, the virus was contracted outside the workplace.

In an abundance of caution, those working at MNHS since it reopened on February 17 are self-isolating for two weeks and have been asked to contact the New Mexico Department of Health if they experience any symptoms.

The highest priority of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) is the health and safety of our visitors and staff, and we are taking every necessary precaution to prevent, manage, and mitigate the possibility of the virus spreading at one of our facilities. Staff and contractors at the facility are expected to utilize appropriate PPE and observe social distancing at all times.

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February 12, 2021

If you have been patiently waiting to once again learn about the dinosaurs, volcanos, and the unique natural and scientific heritage of New Mexico, then get ready.

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS), a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), is excited to announce that it will safely reopen to the public on Wednesday, Feb. 17, in accordance with COVID-safe practices and public health measures to protect the well-being of patrons. Located just north of Old Town in Albuquerque, the museum will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, closed Monday and Tuesday. NMMNHS visitation will be limited to 75 people at any one time.

When visitors return, they have another chance to check out “Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies,” a traveling exhibit that boasts New Mexico’s unique fossils and addresses how dinosaurs gave birth and raised their young. Other exhibitions available include “... Read More...

February 11, 2021

As the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover mission prepares to land on the surface of the Red Planet on Thursday, Feb. 18, introducing a new chapter in the search for evidence of life on other planets in our solar system, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS) will be providing exclusive insights into this extraordinary journey from one of the Museum’s planetary geologists, who is also a science team member on Perseverance.

Back in November, Dr. Larry Crumpler, a volcanology and space sciences researcher at NMMNHS, was named to the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover mission team, following his ground-breaking work with the Mars Exploration Rover in 2003-18. The Perseverance Rover will explore an area on Mars that is interpreted to be an ancient river delta, and it will also select and prepare samples of Mars for return to Earth by a future mission. The Perseverance mission is scheduled to last nearly two years, however it will likely continue beyond that... Read More...

January 29, 2021

In celebration of Black History Month, during the month of February the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS) and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History Foundation are offering free online access to two physical science programs presented by Dr. Darryl Baynes, founder and president of MAEA (Minority Aviation Education Association) Interactive Science Programs. Both of these virtual programs are ideal for school-age children and young adults to enjoy a fun and inspiring overview of physics through the eyes of a master educator.

Initially founded to combat an under-representation of African Americans and women in STEM-based careers, for more than 25 years MAEA Interactive Science Programs has delighted students with entertaining hands-on experiments that explore the wonders of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Dr. Baynes earned his Ph.D. in education from Curtin University in Australia, his M.S. degree in chemistry and math from... Read More...

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