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  • Our Newest Book!

    Fred Whipple's Empire: The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, 1955–1973
    Fred Whipple's Empire: The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, 1955–1973
    David DeVorkin (Author)

    Fred Whipple’s Empire is about how one man’s love of comets and meteors helped catalyze space science and grew into one of the world’s leading astronomical institutions, the Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. 

  • New Contributions to Paleobiology publication!

    Late Pleistocene (Rancholabrean) Mammalian Assemblage from Paw Paw Cove, Tilghman Island, Maryland
    Late Pleistocene (Rancholabrean) Mammalian Assemblage from Paw Paw Cove, Tilghman Island, Maryland
    Ralph E. Eshelman, Darrin Lowery, Frederick Grady, Dan Wagner, H. Gregory McDonald (Author)

    Smithsonian paleontologists discover the first tooth of giant beaver found in Maryland, recovered from Chesapeake Bay's Tilghman Island, which is being devoured by wave erosion. Read about this and their other amazing prehistoric finds in SISP's newest paleobiology publication. 

  • Historic Hoofed Specimens

    The Neogene Record of Northern South American Native Ungulates
    The Neogene Record of Northern South American Native Ungulates
    Juan D. Carrillo, Eli Amson, Carlos Jaramillo, Rodolfo Sánchez, Luis Quiroz, Carlos Cuartas, Aldo F. Rincón, Marcelo R. Sánchez-Villagra (Author)

    It’s known that SANUs (South American Native Ungulates) were widely distributed across South America during the Cenozoic Era. However, most SANU fossils were only unearthed in high regions, which compromised our understanding of how diverse they might have been.

    …Until now! Read about these scientists’ breakthrough and their historic hoofed specimens.

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