Blog: 2016

Largest Navajo Pitch Basket

The largest Navajo pitch basket known to exist is on display in our Collections Wall. Learn about the artist, Etta Rock, and the process of making a pitch basket.

A Conversation with NHMU's Randy Irmis

When the Society for Vertebrate Paleontology came to Salt Lake City in October 2016, we got a chance to speak with some noted paleontologists about their work. Here's NHMU's Randy Irmis on imaging fossils and collaborative teams.

Paleontologist Kay Behrensmeyer Visits Salt Lake City

When the Society for Vertebrate Paleontology came to Salt Lake City in October 2016, we got a chance to speak with some noted paleontologists about their work. Here's Kay Behrensmeyer on using big data in paleontology as well as the field of taphonomy.

Paleontologist Dan Ksepka Visits Salt Lake City

When the Society for Vertebrate Paleontology came to Salt Lake City in October 2016, we got a chance to speak with some noted paleontologists about their work. Here's Dan Ksepka on molecular biology and paleontology as well as the largest bird ever found.

Top 7 Poisonous Encounters in Nature

Poison is all around us, but through instinct or teaching we manage to avoid it in our everyday lives. Here are seven of our favorite poisonous things that you should sidestep at all costs.

Top 5 Venomous Encounters in Nature

Venom is the word for poison that is injected, and animals have evolved some nifty ways to deliver their venom. Here's our top 5 list of unexpected venomous creatures on the planet.

The Dracula of Wasps

The tarantula hawk, found in Utah, is a page out of a collection of horror stories. Beautiful, huge, painful, and parasitic - it's a wasp that tops the Sting Pain Index and finds its way into NHMU's "The Power of Poison" exhibit.
Tags: bugs, poison

From a Utah Hike: A Carolina Wolf Spider Story

We don't often associate arachnids and maternal care, but our Invertebrate Collections Manager, Christy Bills, shares a story about an intimidating spider found here in Utah that might just melt your heart.
Tags: bugs, poison

Jar of Snakes

It's perhaps the spookiest Halloween decoration ever. Our Curator of Vertebrate Zoology, Eric Rickart, explains what's in this jar of snakes.

Mountain Mahogany: One Tough Rose

Curl-Leaf Mountain Mahogany is a high-elevation evergreen found throughout Utah and the western U.S. The fact that it's actually a part of the rose family is just one of its remarkable traits.
Tags: plants