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Close-up photo of a beige colored Sphinx Moth on a dark background emerging from Pupae in the Butterfly Pavilion at NMNH.

Sphinx Moth Emerging from Pupae

Some behind the scenes moments in the Butterfly Pavilion lab and exhibit which are happening all the time yet rarely seen because they happen impromptu. Click the video...

Close-up photo of a group of about 15 black flesh eating beetles on the bones of a animal in the Osteology Laboratory at NMNH

Flesh Eating Beetles at the Smithsonian's Osteology Laboratory

From the field to museum collections is a specialized journey for a museum specimen. In this video, museum specialist John J. Ososky explains how he prepares animal...

Close-up photo of beige fossil of hatchling dinosaur on a red background (Nodosaurus sp.). Discovered in the United States.

What is it Like to Discover a New Dinosaur Species?

Amateur paleontologist Ray Sanford describes his remarkable find of the first fossil hatchling dinosaur ever discovered in the United States. While looking for tracks, he...

Close-up photo of green, red, and beige dinosaur tooth fossil, from a video by the National Museum of Natural History

How Paleontologists Identify Dinosaur Teeth

Paleontologist Dr. Matthew Carrano shows how dinosaur teeth can be identified. Different tooth shapes indicate different dinosaur diets. Video from the National Museum of...

Close up photo of tiger and horse skulls on a table, used to compare their teeth explain what extinct animals ate.

How Do We Know What Dinosaurs and other Extinct Animals Ate?

National Museum of Natural History scientist Dr. Nick Pyenson explains how paleontologists get information about what dinosaurs and other extinct animals ate. Comparing...

Close up photo of the hand of a scientist adjusting levers in the Curasub, a research submersible with robotic arms.

Summer in a Sub with Carole Baldwin

Smithsonian scientist Dr. Carole Baldwin gives a tour of the deep ocean from the Curasub, a research submersible with robotic arms that can pluck organisms from the sea...

Map of Europe in orange with a dotted line across the Atlantic showing that people reached North America 23,000 years ago.

Across Atlantic Ice

The first people to reach North America came from Europe 23,000 years ago across the frozen North Atlantic Ocean. Dr. Dennis Stanford reviews the evidence.

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Medium shot of a man in the shrubland in a red shirt kneeling with a camera to take a photo of a green biocube frame.

Biocube in Fynbos Shrubland, South Africa

See how a biocube was used to measure life in one cubic foot in the fynbos shrubland, South Africa. Video by David Liittschwager.

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wide shot of a man on the branch of a tree in the Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica positioning a biocube frame.

Biocube in Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica

Learn how a biocube was used to measure life in one cubic foot in Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica. Video by David Liittschwager.

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Dr. Matthew Carrano kneeling in front of a display case that has the skeleton of a Brown Bear.

How Do We Know How Dinosaurs Moved?

Dr. Matthew Carrano explains how paleontologists figure out how extinct animals moved. He shows...

Wide shot of the ocean with a sunset in the distance, seen from the front of a boat with a flotation ring in the foreground.

Taking the Ocean's Temperature

Learn how scientists measure the ocean's temperature at more than 3,000 locations worldwide, using a fleet of underwater "floats" called ARGO. At each spot, a float...

Closeup of green biocube over a tree branch with a man in jeans kneeling next to it on the ground in Central Park, New York.

Biocube in Central Park, New York

Discover how a biocube was used to measure life in one cubic foot in Central Park, New York. Video by David Liittschwager.

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Closeup of man sitting on a boat in San Francisco Bay holding a biocube. The Golden Gate Bridge is in the background.

Biocube Near the Golden Gate Bridge, California

Learn how a biocube was used to measure life in one cubic foot near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Video by David Liittschwager.

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Closeup of green biocube filled with water and a turtle swimming in it, in the Duck River, Tennessee. Trees in the background

Biocube in Duck River, Tennessee

See how a biocube was used to measure life in one cubic foot in the Duck River, Tennessee. Video by David Liittschwager.

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Close-up of a fish by orange, green, yellow, and purple coral under water in a biocube in Moorea, French Polynesia.

Biocube in Moorea, French Polynesia

Watch how a biocube was used to measure life in one cubic foot in Moorea, French Polynesia. Video by David Liittschwager.

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Wide shot of green grassland on hills with a tree on the left and in the distance in Panama that contain invasive plants.

Invasive Investigator: Smithsonian Scientist Jefferson Hall

Invasive plant species are threatening native species across the globe. Learn how scientists at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Center in Panama are trying to...

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