Natural History Museum of Utah

A desert landscape with striped layers of sediment colors, from auburn to shades of brown.

Tracking fossils to follow Utah’s past climate

A paleontologist and her team documented over 600 new fossil finds from the Age of Mammals, a record in the multi-decade Uinta Basin Project.


A bunch of mushroom layed out on a blue picnic table.

Food claiming to have ‘wild mushrooms’ rarely does

Research reveals that food products labeled with wild mushrooms mostly contained cultivated fungi and a few poisonous mushrooms.


Maddie’s Haddie: When you know, you know

A first-time paleontology volunteer used her keen intuition and some good old-fashioned beginner’s luck to find an impressive fossil skeleton.


Navajo baskets weave together generations

Learn about the ever-changing stories and tales highlighted in the Natural History Museum’s Navajo Basket Explorer.


An Explorer Corps anniversary adventure

Lifelong Utah residents and committed road trippers, Francene and Kenneth Spencer ticked off 2,500 miles in 15 days.


The U is ‘Bee Campus USA’

The designation was awarded by the Xerces Society for the U’s work in pollinator conservation.


An fish carved out of a piece of bone or other material, that is used to apply makeup.

Makeup in Ancient Egypt

Thousands of years ago makeup was as much a part of people’s expressions as it is today.


Digging up the past to understand our climate future

During a summer that’s already marked by record-breaking heat, the quest to find these fossils is more important than ever.


8 wildflowers to see in the Wasatch foothills

Take a walk right now to view the array of gorgeous hues.


Red rock desert scene with a rock wall on the left with an ancient archaeological structure built in. Archaeologists are documenting the site. There is red rock, and sage green shrubs around the ground beneath the structure.

Protecting the past at Bears Ears

Bears Ears is not just about boundaries, it’s about management.