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Recent news and blogs about our Paleobiology Department

T Rex skull

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.

T Rex skull

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.

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Cerro Ballena
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

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.

Smithsonian Magazine

The Paleontological Society of Washington
Founded over 75 years ago, provides the greater metropolitan Washington, D.C. area with a forum to discuss and learn about the latest advances in paleobiology, evolution and the origin of life. The Society sponsors monthly meetings, each with a presentation by a professional scientist on topics of interest to the Society’s members. These presentations are open to the public.

Pyenson Lab

Pyenson Lab
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.

Scarlet HarlotThe History of Palebiology at the Smithsonian.
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 Magazine

Smithsonian Magazine
Current news, features and discoveries. Go directly to their articles on these subjects by clicking on the following tags:
Dinosaurs, Fossils, Paleontologists, and Paleontology.

Smithsonian Science

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.

Ocean Portal

Ocean Portal Blog
The Ocean Portal inspires awareness, understanding, and stewardship of the world's Ocean. Also check out the Ocean over Time section that presents some of the weird and wondrous life forms of the ancient sea s they evolve into organisms we know today