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.

Navajo Rug

Like her mother before her, 84 year-old weaver Salina Begay, creates Navajo rugs the old fashioned way. With help from her daughter, Begay raises her own sheep, cards, spins and dyes the wool, then weaves the yarn into traditional Navajo patterns.

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.

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.

The Power of Poison

Explore the Role Toxins Play for Good and Ill in Nature, Myths and Throughout History 

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.