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National Museum of Natural History

  1. Relax, Science Has Found That Missing Nightsnake (And it Wasn’t Under Your Bed)

    Should I be reassured? I'm not.

    The case of the Clarion Nightsnake (absolutely not pictured above) is somewhat of a controversy in the snake-expert community. The eighteen inch nocturnal species was discovered in the first half of the 19th century and then struck from the scientific record, only slithering back into the public eye after its rediscovery was announced last Friday.

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  2. Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Finally Getting Their Own Tyrannosaurus Rex

    T. rex doesn't want to be fed. It wants to hunt.

    There are only about a dozen complete or near-complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons in the world, and none of them live at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. None of them live anywhere. They're fossils, but none of them exist as fossils at the Smithsonian, but that's about to change. They're finally getting their own T. rex skeleton.

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  3. Nefertiti the “Spidernaut” Dies Shortly After Returning From 100 Days in Space

    Ladies and gentlemen, today we mourn the loss of a real hero. With a lump in our throats and a tear in our eye, the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History announced that their resident space-traveling red-backed jumping spider, Nefertiti, passed away yesterday, five days after returning from a 100-day and 42-million-mile journey to the International Space Station. We promised ourselves we wouldn't cry, but here come the waterworks.

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  4. Smithsonian Splashmob Celebrates World Ocean Day [Video]

    Visitors to the National Museum of Natural History thought all their admission was going to get them was a chance to check out a giant squid. They thought wrong. Yesterday, staff and volunteers at the museum donned blue shirts (and a fish costume or two) and took to the floor of the Sant Ocean Hall to surprise visitors with a "splashmob" that danced to the Moby song, Surf.

    What could have caused the Smithsonian to organize its first ever flashmob? Nothing other than World Ocean Day (which is today, June 8th). Nothing could be more appropriate to recognize such an occasion than a group of people doing their own interpretation of the dance move, The Swim. In addition to raising awareness about the plight of our oceans, the dancing (which lasted for approximately 2 minutes and 3 seconds) was a publicity stunt meant to show that even the hallowed halls of a National Museum can be teeming with fun and surprises. Or at least dancing fish.

    (Smithsonian via Ocean Portal)

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