Belemnites: Delaware’s State Fossil

Belemnites are fossil cephalopods related to the squids, octopods and cuttlefish that live in the ocean today. Belemnites went extinct at the same time as the dinosaurs, about 65 million years ago, but their fossil remains are easy to find at the C&D Canal. Belemnitella americana was named the State [...]

2020-07-03T15:52:02-04:00July 2nd, 2020|Blog, Delaware Nature, delmnh at home, DMNH Spotlight, Mollusks|

Extinct wonder recreated by local artist’s Elephant Bird mural

  This egg, from the extinct elephant bird, was one of the largest bird eggs in the world. Extinct wonder recreated by local artist's Elephant bird mural The massive elephant bird egg on view at the Delaware Museum of Natural History fascinates visitors as a highlight of the extensive bird egg collection. [...]

2020-05-11T15:44:49-04:00April 13th, 2020|Birds, Blog, delmnh at home, DMNH Spotlight, Uncategorized|

Fishy Behavior: Modeling a snack for a Giant Squid

Fishy Behavior: Modeling a snack for a Giant Squid The giant squid (Architeuthis dux) in the Museum’s atrium has become one of our iconic exhibits, with thousands gazing up to it in wonder every year. Look up, and you’ll see an orange roughy fish (Hoplostethus atlanticus), trying desperately to avoid the grasp of the [...]

2020-05-11T18:51:38-04:00March 30th, 2020|Blog, delmnh at home, DMNH Spotlight, Mollusks, Uncategorized|

Natural History Specimen data are coming to a classroom near you Theresa Tran, Biology student at Widener University, geolocating a mollusk specimen to determine where it was collected. Have you ever wondered who uses the Museum’s specimens and their information? The Museum and Widener University have just received funding from the [...]

2019-10-17T14:51:29-04:00October 17th, 2019|Birds, Blog, DMNH Spotlight, Mollusks|

DMNH’S Mollusk Collection

Curator Of Mollusks, Elizabeth Shea The Museum’s mollusk collection is the tenth largest in the United States, according to a study published in the December 2018 edition of the American Malacological Bulletin. Curator of Mollusks Elizabeth Shea, Ph.D. co-authored the paper with colleagues from the Field Museum of Natural History and the Academy [...]

2019-02-21T13:01:57-05:00February 21st, 2019|Blog, DMNH Spotlight, Mollusks|

National Fossil Day: Spotlight on Alex Kittle

By Alisha Solaiman For National Fossil Day, we're shining the spotlight on our Collections Manager and invertebrate paleontologist, Alex Kittle. His interest in the field grew when he took a summer course in paleontology at Georgia College. His class traveled for about a month to Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, and the Badlands of [...]

2018-10-17T12:57:59-04:00October 17th, 2018|Blog, DMNH Spotlight, Mollusks|

A Whale of a Tale: Bringing a Humpback Whale’s Bones to DMNH

by Lindsay Townsend The whale skull, arriving at DMNH in September. Last month, staff from the Delaware Museum of Natural History brought the 280 lbs. skull of a juvenile humpback whale, as well as several other pieces of the skeleton, to the Museum for future exhibit and educational use. The bones were [...]

2020-03-03T15:04:22-05:00October 4th, 2018|Blog, DMNH Spotlight|

First Brokaw fellow starts at DMNH to work on second Breeding Bird Atlas project

by Lindsay Townsend The Delaware Museum of Natural History welcomed its first Howard and Dede Brokaw Ornithology Fellow, Alex Johnson, to the museum this summer. Johnson spent the summer helping the museum’s Curator of Birds and Director of Collections, Dr. Jean Woods, write up the results of Delaware’s Second Breeding Bird Atlas [...]

2020-06-15T17:07:52-04:00August 10th, 2018|Birds, Blog, DMNH Spotlight|

INSIDER LOOK: The Actual Museum Experience as Told by Students

by Theresa Tran and Imrin Goraya, Widener University Studying science is not the same as applying science, and as biology majors at Widener University, we don’t often get the opportunity to apply our knowledge to the outside world. However, this semester, we have the opportunity of collaborating with Dr. Jean Woods and Dr. Elizabeth Shea, [...]

2018-05-24T15:08:23-04:00May 24th, 2018|Birds, Blog, DMNH Spotlight, Mollusks|
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