NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Hundreds of Tiny Roommates

Study Surveys the Insects in Raleigh-Area Homes
May 11, 2016

Sorry, North Carolina, you are not alone in your homes.  

That, perhaps, should not come as a surprise. Hardly a week goes by where we don’t find a bug or spider hiding in a dark corner of our kitchen or bedroom, but many people probably don’t wonder how many others there might be—while many others don’t want to know.

Bays of Mystery

Carolina Bays provide one of the most intriguing geologic mysteries around.

Think about it. Not only are scientists still trying to determine how Carolina Bays were created, the exact number of Carolina Bays is also unknown.

Jerry Reynolds, the Carolina Bay expert with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, tells me he’s seen estimates ranging from 400,000 to 2.5 million bays in the Southeast United States. Bays can be found from Maryland to Georgia, but the majority of Bays are found in North and South Carolina.

Mystery Dino

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences researchers discovered fossils of an unknown dinosaur while working in Utah. Using only a few bones, they'll learn the creature's size, diet, age and other features, and this mystery dinosaur could become the museum's first holotype, the example with which other species are described.

Digging Dinos

Watch as a paleontologist and her team of volunteer paleontologists uncover the remains of a new type of dinosaur. Evidence suggests that the desert mountains in Utah, where the bones were found, was once a lush wetland. Researchers use specific methods to carefully uncover the details of not only what the world was like in the past but also how this individual lived, died and rotted.

I Miss Brontosaurus...

There are times some folks might think I grew up in the age of the dinosaurs, although a check of my driver's license and other official paperwork continues to prove I am not quite that old.

Nevertheless, I am here to say I miss Brontosaurus.

Actually, I called him Bronto. He was a green sauropod dinosaur with a long neck and tail. I played with him when I was little and will tell anyone who will listen that Bronto was very cool.

But then science came along. 

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