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New Holotype of Fossil Shark for Paleontology Collection

On June 16, paleontologists published a scientific article describing a new fossil angel shark genus and species named Cretasquatina americana. Among those paleontologists is former University of Alabama curator of paleontology Dana Ehret. The team used two specimens from the paleontology collection of UA Museums’ Department of Museum Research and Collections.

Bama Bug Fest Goes on the Web

Bama Bug Fest: On the Web is crawling your way in July 2020! This virtual, all-things-bug event has a little something for all ages and will take place every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from July 7 to July 25.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Along with the rest of the Nation, The University of Alabama Museums has watched as recent events including the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor have fractured our communities.

UA Museums Closed Until Further Notice

Due to the updates relating to COVID-19, all of the University of Alabama Museums (Alabama Museum of Natural History, The Gorgas House Museum, the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum, and the Jones Archaeological Museum at Moundville Archaeological Park) will be closed until further notice.

UA Museums Update Concerning COVID-19

Due to the updates relating to COVID-19, all of the University of Alabama Museums (Alabama Museum of Natural History, The Gorgas House Museum, the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum, and the Jones Archaeological Museum at Moundville Archaeological Park will now be closed until March 30. For more information about Coronavirus prevention, visit: healthinfo.ua.edu/prevention

UA Museums Announcement Concerning COVID-19

The University of Alabama Museums plan to remain open according to their regular schedules, however, all group tours, programs, meeting, and events at our museums are cancelled until March 30, 2020.

MothFest 2018

This year’s MothFest was a huge success! The attendance more than tripled from last year, and there were more activities and things to see. To read more about the event, as well as see pictures, you can read the article written by the Tuscaloosa News here!

“Sweetie” the Mosasaur Makes Her Debut Appearance

  In February of 2018, paleontologists Dr. Takehito Ikejiri and Dr. Lynn Harrell delved into UA’s Natural History Collection to retrieve “Sweetie”, a Mosasaurus maximus fossil specimen. As explained in a Youtube video by Kendra Abbott, ecologist and nature lover, Dr. Ikejiri and Dr. Harrell were removing Sweetie from the collection to lay out her bones so

Stolen Moundville Archaeological Park Pottery

  In 1980, 264 pottery vessels were stolen during a break-in at the Erskine Ramsay Archaeological Repository at Moundville Archaeological Park and have been missing ever since. An investigation by local police, the F.B.I., and publications in the Journal of Field Archaeology could not help bring the missing artifacts back. Now that the internet and