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After an international search, the San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat) is pleased to announce Michelle E. Thompson, Ph.D. as its new—and first—Exequiel Ezcurra Director of Conservation Biology. The role is a key part of the museum’s strategic plan to lead with its science to help preserve biodiversity in our region. 

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A sabre-toothed predator from 38 million years ago offers insight on the origins of today’s meat eaters. This new-to-science species was recently described by scientists from the U.S. and Japan in the journal Biology Letters.  

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Slinking through your neighborhood. Darting across the highway. Fluttering along your favorite hiking trail. Wildlife is all around, even when we don’t see it. The Nat offers visitors a rare peek into the secret lives of wild animals in its newest exhibition.   

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Beginning Memorial Day weekend, visitors can get a glimpse into the beautiful biodiversity of the Baja California Peninsula—right in Balboa Park—when The Nat debuts its newest, permanent exhibition.        

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San Diego County has long been on the map as a hotspot for biodiversity. This new discovery of an extinct, sabre-tooth predator not only teaches us about the world's earliest carnivores, but confirms that our region has had rich and diverse ecosystems for millennia. 

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Visitors behind the scenes at the San Diego Natural History Museum are often stunned at the variety of objects and information that have been collected over the decades. The organization's newest curator, Research Library Director Ariel (Arie) Hammond, plans to get those resources out into the world in unique ways that don’t require a trip to the Museum. 

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After a year-long hiatus, the Canyoneers are back for another season of in-person, guided hikes that bring people closer to nature in our region. The Canyoneers’ popular online recommendations, which were launched last year, will continue to be offered for those who prefer to hike on their own.

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Studies show that being in nature provides physical and mental health benefits. And with people wanting to get outside during the pandemic, the Canyoneers from the San Diego Natural History Museum take the guesswork out of finding a local trail.

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In a historic first, a binational group of scientists from several agencies and organizations from the United States and Mexico recently reintroduced the federally threatened California red-legged frog to two locations within their range in Southern California, where they have been absent for about 20 years.

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A new species of feathered dinosaur has been discovered in China, and described by American and Chinese authors in The Anatomical Record. The one-of-a-kind specimen preserves feathers and bones that provide new information about how dinosaurs grew and how they differed from birds.

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