Press Kits

San Quintin Kangaroo Rat Rediscovery

April 16, 2018 – April 16, 2020

This past summer, San Diego Natural History Museum scientists working in Baja California resurrected a species from the ashes of extinction, and are now working with local agencies on a conservation plan. The discovery did not require Jurassic Park technology, just good old-fashioned research and perseverance. The San Quintin kangaroo rat (Dipodomys gravipes) was held as an example of a modern extinction due to agricultural conversion in the San Quintín area of Baja California (Mexico). The animal had not been seen since 1986 until this past July when Mammalogist Scott Tremor and Research Associate Sula Vanderplank observed it.

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San Diego County Mammal Atlas

December 4, 2017 – December 4, 2019

The diversity of mammals in San Diego County is greater than any other county in the United States, yet there has been no synthesis of their identification, distribution, natural history, or the conservation challenges they face—until now. The new San Diego County Mammal Atlas, which hits shelves later this month, will serve as the definitive guide to the mammals of San Diego County. 

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Unshelved: Cool Stuff from Storage

November 18, 2017 – November 18, 2019

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the exhibits in The Nat’s building? The building looks bigger from the outside than inside because it holds 8 million specimens in storage areas underground and behind gallery walls. The Museum is giving visitors a rare peek behind the scenes when they open Unshelved: Cool Stuff from Storage on November 18. The exhibition, which is included with paid admission and free for members, will remain on view for two years.

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The Cerutti Mastodon Discovery

April 26, 2017 – April 26, 2050

An Ice Age paleontological-turned-archaeological site in San Diego excavated by Museum staff preserves 130,000-year-old mastodon bones, molars, and tusks that show evidence of modification by early humans. Analysis of these finds dramatically revises the timeline for when humans first reached the Americas, according to a paper scheduled to be published in the April 27 issue of the prestigious science journal Nature.

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Ultimate Dinosaurs

February 25, 2017 – September 4, 2017

Meet new and exotic dinosaurs from the other side of the world. Prehistory takes on 21st century technology when Ultimate Dinosaurs, an exhibition featuring 16 fully-articulated dinosaur specimens from locations in the Southern Hemisphere, opens at theNAT. From the tiny Eoraptor to the massive Giganotosaurus (T. rex's bigger, badder cousin), Ultimate Dinosaurs is a fascinating study of species you haven’t met before.

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