Specimens & Artifacts

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...
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Triactis producta, sea anemone

Figure 1: Whole individual from Moorea (Pacific Ocean) showing expanded tentacles and pseudotentacles. Triactis producta is the only species in the sea anem...
Fiery Skipper Hylephila phyleus

DNA tells story of butterfly evolution

Assistant curator of Lepidoptera Akito Kawahara led a yearlong study that revealed monumental discoveries about the evolutionary history of butterflies and moths. Florida Museum of Natural History photo by Kristen Grace The wispy, delicate nature...