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Blog Archive: Natural History

[image] Spiky-Headed Dinosaur a First for Utah

Spiky-Headed Dinosaur a First for Utah

What’s covered in spikes and 76 million years old? The answer isn’t a prehistoric pincushion. It’s Akainacephalus johnsoni, the newest dinosaur to be named from Utah.
[image] A Recipe For Extreme Organisms

A Recipe For Extreme Organisms

Read about the microscopic life that’s adapted to the harsh conditions of the Great Salt Lake.
[image] East Africa Finds Reveal New Twist in Human Story

East Africa Finds Reveal New Twist in Human Story

New discoveries in the roughly 300,000 year-old sediment of Kenya have allowed Natural History Museum of Utah archaeology curator Tyler Faith and colleagues to track how stark changes in past climates influenced human culture.
[image] Lights Out—Utah's Unique Dark Skies

Lights Out—Utah's Unique Dark Skies

The darkness is vanishing. Population growth and development around the globe has illuminated the world and its skies like never before. With the world alight, the only thing it seems we can’t see anymore is the dark.
[image] Utah Tyrannosaur Discovered After 76 Million-Year Slumber

Utah Tyrannosaur Discovered After 76 Million-Year Slumber

What was it like to be there when a 76 million year-old tyrannosaur was airlifted from its longtime grave? And where had that grave been over those many millions of years?
[image] The Birth of the Antiquities Act

The Birth of the Antiquities Act

Read about the early days of the Antiquities Act.
[image] European Firebug Spreads in Utah

European Firebug Spreads in Utah

Have you spotted a European firebug?
[image] 12 Rare Images of the 1909 Utah Arch Expedition

12 Rare Images of the 1909 Utah Arch Expedition

These rare photographs, taken by Stuart Malcom Young, chronicle the 1909 Utah Arch Expedition. The grandson of LDS Church leader, Brigham Young, S.M. Young accompanied University of Utah Professor, Byron Cummings, on the historic excursion to “discover” Rainbow Bridge. At just 19 years old, Young played an important role in the expedition, chronicling the journey with photographs that would later become instrumental in building interest in the American Southwest and preserving its awesome landscapes, history, and people.
[image] 5 Common Utah Wildflowers

5 Common Utah Wildflowers

Utahns are spoiled by majestic, snow-frosted mountain views, rustic red rock, and breathtaking forestland. With so much beauty all around, it can be easy to miss the little gems we see every day.
Tags: botany
[image] Gila: the Monster, the Myth, the Legend

Gila: the Monster, the Myth, the Legend

Gila monsters are the stuff of mythology, like a gorgon or a hippogriff, yet these reclusive reptiles are fascinating regardless of the tall tales. NHMU visitors can see one up close during the Power of Poison exhibit.