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October 25, 2022

Albuquerque, NM - While NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover and Ingenuity Helicopter continue to explore the surface of the Red Planet, visitors to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS) will have a chance to explore life-sized replicas of the vehicles themselves beginning in November. 

As part of NASA’s “Roving With Perseverance” Roadshow, which brings massive full-sized replicas of the two NASA vehicles to participating museums, NMMNHS will have the vehicles on display from Nov. 19 through June 5, 2023. 

“Our museum takes great pride in its space science program, and we’re proud to be the only institution in the region selected to host these unique replicas,” said NMMNHS Executive Director Dr. Anthony Fiorillo. 

The Perseverance mission is an ambitious effort to uncover signs of life on Mars. Since the Perseverance rover touched down on the Red Planet in 2021, it has... Read More...

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...

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