Burke Blog

Columbia River at Kennewick

Information about the remains known as Kennewick Man/The Ancient One, one of the oldest and most complete skeletons found in North America. 

Dig into the excavations of Burke curator Christian Sidor and his team, as they discover fossils of early carnivorous dinosaurs, armored reptiles and a new species of shuvosaurid that has never been uncovered. 




Learn about the Burke's research on the coastal-tailed frog, one of the specimens on display in our Wild Nearby exhibit.

New Burke construction site

New Burke construction is underway! Check this page for notable construction updates.

The New Burke celebrated the completion of the building's steel frame with the traditional Topping Out ceremony. Read more about it and watch our video of the celebrations! 

How do you catch the Northern Bog Lemming? Mammaology researchers from the Burke traveled to the North Cascades in pursuit of this elusive creature - find out if they were successful!

 Beginning 4,000 years ago, a revolution swept through Island Southeast Asia. People shifted from living solely on wild foods to farming and raising domestic animals. Why did this change in livelihood occur?

Read about Ana Maria Bedoya's expedition to Colombia to study the tropical diversity of river-weed plants. 

A new method of sampling fossil leaves allows researchers to more accurately predict climate temperatures.

A photograph of a partial gorgonopsid lower jaw, but not the specimen in which the odontoma was discovered.

When paleontologists cut into the fossilized jaw of a distant mammal relative, they got more than they bargained for—more teeth, to be specific.

A rendering of the early marsupial relative, Didelphodon vorax.

A new study describes an early mammal that had, pound-for-pound, the strongest bite force of any mammal ever recorded.


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