Recent news and blogs about our Paleobiology Department
The Last American Dinosaurs
Starting April 28, 2014 to 2019, the National Museum of Natural History's current Fossil Halls will undergo the largest and most complex renovation in the Museum's history. No worries! A temporary exhibit, The Last American Dinosaurs, will open soon in the Fall.
The Tyrannosaurus rex has arrived!
In April, Smithsonian's Natural History Museum welcomed a 7-ton, 38-foot long new resident—a 66 million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex fossil, which will serve as the centerpiece for the museum's new 31,000-square-foot national fossil hall, slated to open in 2019.
Go to The Rex Room.
Cerro Ballena is a unique fossil site in the Atacama Desert of Chile. This website shares the paleontological discoveries from this site made by Chilean and Smithsonian scientists.
Digging the Fossil Record Blog
What our paleontologists do in the field and many of our fossils that you won't find on display. Our blog presents behind-the-scenes photos, field reports from our scientists, research news, archival images, paleo art, and many other stories about our collections and our work, past and present.
Curator of fossil marine mammals Nick Pyenson and his lab members post their latest discoveries, events, and fieldwork related on the Pyenson Lab blog, part of NMNH's Typepad blog series.
Smithsonian paleontological research and exploration has been going on since 1846, but the Paleobiology Department didn't become an official entity until 1953. Read about the entire history of Paleontology here at the Smithsonian.
More Paleobiology news at other Smithsonian websites
Smithsonian Science - Paleontology
Here's a link to the Paleontology section at Smithsonian Science, a web site featuring articles, photos and videos of Smithsonian scientific research that is seriously amazing and pushing the boundaries of human knowledge.