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Scientists describe the emergence of these ecosystems about 51-53 million-years-ago—a time with the highest-known global temperatures in the past 66-million-years—when the Pacific Northwest was a subtropical climate similar to today’s southern Florida.

Scientists have just discovered the newest member of that family—an iguana-sized reptile whose name means “Antarctic king.”

Bikini Bottom, SpongeBob’s fictional home, is based on an actual place in the Pacific Ocean that was the location of 23 U.S. nuclear weapons tests during the Cold War era.

Burke Museum and University of Washington botanists have created a much-needed second edition of the Flora of the Pacific Northwest.

Female scuba diver smiling at the camera under the sea

Katherine Maslenikov, Collections Manager for the Burke's Ichthyology Collection, helps with underwater fieldwork in Roatan, Honduras.

Group of paleontologists posing for a photo

In search for answers to the most colossal extinction on earth, Dr. Brandon Peecook and his team travel to Zambia to collect fossils.

Archaeologists find the earliest use of nutmeg as a food ingredient and evidence of the transition to early farming practices in Indonesia.

Scientists have quantified the vast number of fossils that sit unstudied in natural history collections—a project three years in the making.

On his last trip to the Northwest coast in 1930, noted anthropologist Franz Boas and George Hunt created audio and film recordings of crafts, games, and dancing in the Kwag’uł village of Tsaxis (Fort Rupert), British Columbia.

A microscopic foraminifera showing corrosion

A recent study of foraminifera found both good and bad news in two highly industrialized Puget Sound embayments. 

A Burke Museum team recently returned from a research expedition to Antarctica—one of the most difficult places to do fieldwork in the world.

Burke Museum and University of Washington paleontologists discovered more than 100 fossil specimens in 56 localities during a recent research expedition to Antarctica.

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