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The Skeletons of Shanidar Cave
A rare cache of hominid fossils from the Kurdistan area of northern Iraq offers a window on Neanderthal culture
By Owen Edwards Smithsonian magazine, March 2010
A series of statues by sculptor John Gurche brings us face to face with our early ancestors
By Abigail Tucker Smithsonian magazine, March 2010
A New Chapter in the Hope Diamond’s History
The National Museum of Natural History’s most famous gem gets a modern update
By Abby Callard Smithsonian magazine, August 2009
How the Hope Diamond's mysterious phosphorescence led to "fingerprinting" blue diamonds
By Kenneth R. Fletcher Smithsonian magazine, January 2008
True to Form
An exact replica represents a particular North Atlantic whale
By Owen Edwards Smithsonian magazine, September 2008
Q&A: Nancy Knowlton
The renowned coral reef biologist leads Smithsonian's effort to foster a greater public understanding of the world's oceans
By Beth Py-Lieberman Smithsonian magazine, September 2008
Crochet Your Way to Coral Reef
It’s not often that members of the local crafting community have their work so prominently displayed in a Smithsonian museum.
By Jess Righthand Around the Mall Blog, October 14, 2010
"Cyprus: Crossroads of Civilizations" Opens at Natural History
According to legend, Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and fertility, was born in Cyprus, the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea.
By Megan Gambino Around the Mall Blog, September 29, 2010
30 Years Later: The Anniversary of the Eruption of Mount St. Helens
Thirty years ago today, Mount St. Helens erupted, spreading approximately 540 million tons of ash over more than 22,000 square miles surrounding Washington state.
By Jamie Simon Around the Mall Blog, May 18, 2010
At Natural History: What’s On A Caveman’s iPod Playli
What would a neanderthal have on his iPod playlist?
By Jesse Rhodes Around the Mall Blog, March 18, 2010
Deep Thoughts with Cephalopod Biologist Mike Vecchione
I can remember being enthralled by Jacques Cousteau, watching his television shows about his ocean exploration adventures aboard his famous ship, the Calypso.
By Jeff Campagna Around the Mall Blog, February 18, 2010
Yikes! The Sky is Falling. And a Meteoric Dispute Ensues
Around this time each year, geologists from the department of mineral sciences at the National Museum of Natural History anxiously await the arrival of hundreds of meteorites that are collected annually from Antarctica.
By Erica R. Hendry Around the Mall Blog, January 29, 2010