How old is `Opa Langbein`?

Arachnid researcher Jason Dunlop took second place by yesterday`s Science Slam

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Expedition to turtle shells in China

In October 2011, palaeontologist Oliver Wings from the Museum of Natural History in Berlin continues together with scientists from the University of Tübingen (Germany), China's Jilin University, and the Paleontological Museum of Liaoning his excavations of fossil vertebrates in northwestern China.

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First evidence of viruses in the fossil record: Paget disease found in a Jurassic dinosaur

In cooperation with the Charité University Hospital and the Helmholtz Centre Berlin for Materials and Energy, the palaeontologists Florian Witzmann and Oliver Hampe from the Museum of Natural History in Berlin made a spectacular discovery:

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Scientist from Berlin discovers monster wasp

The entomologist Dr. Michael Ohl has discovered a new, pitch-black wasp species in the collections of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin.

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Ancient daddy long-legs

305 million year old arachnids were studied using the latest computer tomography techniques

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Opening of the special exhibition "Flying Feathers - 150 years of Archaeopteryx"

On July 16th 2011 the special exhibition ”Flying Feathers – 150 years of Archaeopteryx” was opened for invited guests. On the same evening special postage stamps and silver coins commemorating “150 years of the discovery of the earliest bird Archaeopteryx” were presented.From 11.08.2011 these will be available in shops. The special postage stamps are available in our museum shop, too. The exhibit has been open to visitors from 18th July 2011, and will remain until at least 31.12.2011. Here y

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Berlin is buzzing!

The roof of the Museum für Naturkunde now also hosts a bee hive with about 50,000 honeybees.

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Fossil lizard from Messel, Germany, provides missing link in debate over snake origins

The origins and evolutionary relationships of snakes are controversial and poorly understood. Genetic studies suggest that snakes are related to monitor lizards and iguanas, while their anatomy points to amphisbaenians (“worm lizards”), a group of burrowing lizards with snake-like bodies. These different results have not been reconciled, and the debate has been unresolved until now.

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A face from the past - Hundsmanspider in Amber

German/British scientists use the latest methods in computer tomography to rescue information about a remarkable fossil spider from an unpromising piece of historical Baltic amber

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Dinosaur alarm on the underground

Presentation of the eight metre long “Alu-Saurus”, an aluminium relief of the dinosaur Allosaurus fragilis in the underground theme-station “Naturkundemuseum” (line U6)

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Last update: 30.10.2012