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August 4, 2022

Albuquerque, NM - The mighty Tyrannosaurus rex should continue to be classified as a single unique species, according to a new report co-authored by a researcher from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS).  

The new paper, published recently in the journal Evolutionary Biology andheaded by paleontologists at the American Museum of Natural History and Carthage College, refutes a provocative claim made earlier this year that fossils classified as the iconic dinosaur T. rex represent three separate species. The new study finds that the earlier proposal lacks sufficient evidence to split up the iconic species.   

“There appears to be only one species of the ‘Tyrant Lizards’, and that’s the king, T. rex,” said Dr. Thomas Williamson, paleontology curator for NMMNHS and co-author of the study. 

In March 2022, authors of...

June 21, 2022

Albuquerque, NM - A team of paleontologists, including several from New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS), have uncovered a fossil in New Mexico from the oldest tree-climbing reptile on record. 

Research from NMMNHS and Carnegie Museum of Natural History describing the 305-million-year-old fossil has been published in the scientific journal Annals of the Carnegie Museum. The new fossil was found in Northern New Mexico near Chama, in 305-million-year-old rocks from the Pennsylvanian Period of Earth’s history. The fossil is now a part of the NMMNHS collection. 

“Once again a fossil discovery from New Mexico rewrites the paleontology textbooks,” said Dr. Spencer G. Lucas, curator of paleontology at NMMNHS. “In this case, revealing a tiny, agile climber that is a previously unexpected inhabitant of the Pennsylvanian world.” 

Other members of the research team...

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...

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