From 3.4 million-year-old human ancestors discovered in Ethiopia to the flora and fauna of modern-day northeast Ohio, the Museum’s scientific research has far-reaching impact on our daily lives and on the scientific community around the world.
Many visitors know The Cleveland Museum of Natural History as the home of Steggie—the model of a Stegosaurus that greets every visitor near the Museum’s main entrance—and the monumental dinosaurs, including Tyrannosaurus rex, that await inside. But more than just a dinosaur museum, this is a place where science happens.
Discovery is the driving force behind our scientific work. What prehistoric creatures once lived in Ohio? What can amphibian populations tell us about the health of our environment? What do we know about people who lived here hundreds, or even thousands, of years before us? Museum scientists work to answer these questions, and dozens more, every day in our labs and at fieldwork locations all over the globe.