Specimens & Artifacts

eagle being prepared

#MuseumLife, Bald Eagle Specimen

Bald eagle Scientific name: Haliaeetus leucocephalus Specimen: UF-O-52443 Although bald eagles were on the brink of extinction due to habitat loss and im...
large clown knifefish

Florida Invasive Species: Clown Knifefish

The Clown Knifefish, Chitala ornata, is native to Indochina, but has been found in South Florida starting in the 1990s. It is established in Palm Beach and poss...
drawer of mussel shells

#MolluskMonday, Unionidae or river mussels

Unionidae is a family of freshwater mussels with a global range. There are about 300 recognized species in North America alone. They’re also called river mussels because most species live in rivers and creeks. Because most live in water that constant...
Excavated from North Carolina, these fossils comprise the most complete set of Megalodon teeth found. Students printed 3-D replicas of the 46 teeth and used them to estimate Megalodon's length. Florida Museum of Natural History photo by Jeff Gage

World’s biggest shark goes to school, thanks to 3-D printing

University of Florida researchers are taking down the Plexiglas walls between museum collections and K-12 classrooms with an educational program that uses 3-D printed fossils and hands-on lessons to spark young learners’ interest in science, technolo...
Graphic showing colored Aztec stone center

Ominous new interpretation of Aztec sun stone

Study finds central image of Aztec sun stone shows dying sun god killed by eclipse En español A new study on one of the most important remaining artifacts f...