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Can you dig it?

Published: March 4 2015

Visitors will have the opportunity to uncover Earth’s geological wonders by observing simulated volcanic eruptions, sifting for minerals and gems and other activities during the ninth annual “Can You Dig It?” event March 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Florida Museum of Natural History, 3215 Hull Road.

What happened to the dinosaurs? Find out by attending free lecture.

Published: February 12 2015

The Florida Museum of Natural History will host a free presentation with paleontologist Timothy Rowe at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 16 as part of the 2014-2015 Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars Program.

New UF study reveals oldest primate lived in trees

Published: January 20 2015

Say “primate” and most people wouldn’t think of a tree-dwelling, squirrel-like creature that weighs no more than a deck of playing cards, but a new study suggests that may perfectly describe humans’ earliest primate ancestors.

A T. rex named Sue is headed this way

Published: December 17 2014

Tyrannosaurus rex has commanded respect and sparked curiosity in people’s minds for centuries. And the most famous T. rex of all, a little lady named Sue, is coming to the Florida Museum of Natural History Jan. 24 – Sept. 13, 2015, for an exhibit called “A T. rex named Sue.” If only Johnny Cash were here to sing about her.

Lead in teeth can tell a body’s tale, UF study finds

Published: July 30 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Your teeth can tell stories about you, and not just that you always forget to floss.

UF completes more work to improve visitor experience in St. Augustine

Published: July 21 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- The nation’s oldest city has a big birthday coming up, and the University of Florida is helping to prepare St. Augustine for the party.

Great White Shark population in good health along California coast, UF study finds

Published: June 16 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- The Great White Shark is not endangered in the Eastern North Pacific, and, in fact, is doing well enough that its numbers likely are growing, according to an international research team led by a University of Florida researcher.

UF study names ancient crocodilian featured in Titanoboa documentary

Published: May 23 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new University of Florida study describes a 16-foot, 900-pound ancient species of crocodilian that swam in the same rivers as Titanoboa 60 million years ago in the world’s oldest-known rain forest.

UF scientists discover over 100 species in drive to document biodiversity

Published: May 14 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A 5-million-year-old saber-toothed cat, the world’s oldest grape and a bizarre hermit crab were among more than 100 new species discovered by University of Florida scientists last year.

UF to begin new St. Augustine work after gift of more than 97,000 artifacts

Published: March 4 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida begins its 20th season of archaeological fieldwork since 1976 this week in St. Augustine at the site of America’s first colony, founded by explorer Pedro Menendez in 1565.

UF researcher helps construct Lepidoptera family tree of life

Published: April 12 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new international study co-authored by a University of Florida researcher describes one of the most comprehensive analyses of Lepidoptera evolutionary relationships to date, and could have broad implications in the fields of genetics, agriculture and conservation.

Researchers work across fields to uncover information about hadrosaur teeth

Published: October 11 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — An unusual collaboration between researchers in two disparate fields resulted in a new discovery about the teeth of 65-million-year-old dinosaurs.

New UF study shows early North Americans lived with extinct giant beasts

Published: May 3 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new University of Florida study that determined the age of skeletal remains provides evidence humans reached the Western Hemisphere during the last ice age and lived alongside giant extinct mammals.

UF scientists name new ancient camels from Panama Canal excavation

Published: February 29 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The discovery of two new extinct camel species by University of Florida scientists sheds new light on the history of the tropics, a region containing more than half the world’s biodiversity and some of its most important ecosystems.

Rare deep-water giant squid from South Florida brought to UF for research

Published: June 28 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers received a rare 25-foot-long, deep-water giant squid Monday, the only one of its kind in the collections of the Florida Museum of Natural History.

Fossil collector donates life's work to Florida Museum of Natural History

Published: May 4 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The vertebrate paleontology division at the Florida Museum of Natural History on the University of Florida campus recently received its largest private donation, an estimated 40,000 to 50,000 identifiable specimens.

UF researcher helps reveal ancient origins of modern opossum

Published: December 15 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida researcher has co-authored a study tracing the evolution of the modern opossum back to the extinction of the dinosaurs and finding evidence to support North America as the center of origin for all living marsupials.

UF researchers take part in DNA sequencing for entire Pacific island

Published: December 2 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers are collecting marine invertebrates on the French Polynesian island of Moorea as part of a massive effort to inventory the DNA sequence of every living species there.

Plant fossils give first real picture of earliest Neotropical rainforests

Published: October 15 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A team of researchers including a University of Florida paleontologist has used a rich cache of plant fossils discovered in Colombia to provide the first reliable evidence of how Neotropical rainforests looked 58 million years ago.

UF study finds deficiencies in Columbus picture books used in schools

Published: October 5 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The story of Christopher Columbus and the people he encountered when he arrived in the Caribbean has yet to be truthfully conveyed in books used by elementary school students, a new University of Florida study finds.