In the Tiny World of Starch Grains, Bigger is Better

It takes a thorough understanding of the biology of starch to determine which starch grains are being recovered from archaeological sites. Lisbeth Louderback, our Curator of Archaeology, has discovered that bigger grains yield the best information for identification purposes.

The Promontory Culture: Subarctic Canadian People Living in Utah Caves

One of the true American anthropological treasures, a trove of 250 moccasins and leather parts, was found in caves on the Great Salt Lake – after careful study and re-shaping, it seems that they belonged to people from subarctic Canada rather than the Fremont or Shoshone people who inhabited Utah.

Utah, home to the oldest chocolate in the U.S.

Producing artisan chocolate is hot in Utah today, but our history with cacao dates back further than you'd think.

Ancient Pig-Snouted Turtle Unearthed in Utah

A Long Extinct Species Comes to Light

Hopi Pottery

Modern ethnographic jar made by the late Joy Navasie (Frog Woman), a Hopi-Tewa potter. 

Catalog number is ET578

Donated by Dr. Allan Nelson, MD, Chicago, Illinois in 2013

 

The Natural History Museum of Utah Presents Third Annual Indian Art Market

The Natural History Museum of Utah is pleased to announce its third annual Indian Art Market on Saturday and Sunday, October 10-11, 2015. This year’s juried event features 21 contemporary artists representing 12 native tribes, who will be showcasing and selling their unique works of art, including paintings, baskets, carvings, jewelry, pottery and exciting mixed media pieces.

Why Big Dinosaurs Steered Clear of the Tropics

June ­15, 2015 ­– For more than 30 million years after dinosaurs first appeared, they remained inexplicably rare near the equator, where only a few small-bodied meat-eating dinosaurs eked out a living. The age-long absence of big plant-eaters at low latitudes is one of the great, unanswered questions about the rise of the dinosaurs.

Eye to Eye Exhibit Opens at the Natural History Museum of Utah

Eye to Eye: Re-visioning Eye Disease is an interactive exhibit that explores and celebrates the various ways people adapt and overcome the challenges associated with several common diseases of the eye. As part of the ‘Utah Futures’ gallery at the Natural History Museum of Utah at the Rio Tinto Center, the exhibit also explores advances in technology and research by Jade Therapeutics that are enabling exciting new treatment options.

Natural History Museum of Utah Partners with Utah's Hogle Zoo

This summer, the Natural History Museum of Utah will be sharing two of Utah’s newest dinosaur discoveries with thousands of visitors at Hogle Zoo.