Recent fossil discovery may provide ‘missing link’

A study published earlier this month, co-authored by Drexel University associate professor of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science Ted Daeschler, unveiled fossil evidence that lends support to the theory that vertebrates developed four strong, usable appendages while still living in the water. In 2006, a group of scientists revealed the… Continued

Academy opens robo-dino exhibit

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University has a new traveling exhibit, Dinosaurs Unearthed, which opened to the public Oct. 12. The exhibit features 12 animatronic dinosaurs, not including the Tyrannosaurus rex outside the building. There are also more than a dozen fossil casts as well as interactive stations.… Continued

‘Glow’ illuminates exotic organisms

If you are a sucker for all things that shine, shimmer and sparkle (like I am!), then “Glow: Living Lights,” the latest exhibit to hit the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, should be on your to-do list. Focusing on the mesmerizing phenomenon of bioluminescence, the ability of a… Continued

Fish fossils explain transition to land

Researchers at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University recently discovered a new species of fish fossils, Holoptychius bergmanni, that could reveal more about the evolution of some aquatic organisms that are now land organisms. Led by Ted Daeschler, associate curator of the Academy’s Department of Vertebrate Biology, and… Continued

Class explores Academy exhibits

Under the creation of the new Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science and Drexel’s recent partnership with the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, undergraduate students interested in environmental science are now being offered a new and exciting experience. A new course, Environmental Science 102: Natural History Collections… Continued

Chefs serve exotic foods at Academy

Chefs and culinary arts students worked together to create exotic dishes and to help bring the theme of Halloween alive Oct. 27 at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University’s “Cuisine from the Collections” cocktail party. Exotic dishes were created in accordance with the museum’s various exhibits. With more… Continued

Public’s view of climate crisis tested in new study

The politically elite have the strongest influence on the public’s opinion of climate change, according to a study published Feb. 6 by Robert J. Brulle, a professor of sociology and environmental science at Drexel University. The study paired Brulle with Jason Carmichael of McGill University and J. Craig Jenkins of… Continued