2014 was packed to the gills at the American Museum of Natural History. The past 12 months saw tons of new research and exciting exhibitions, and we've got the video to prove it! Check out the Museum's top 5 most viewed videos of 2014:
5) Museum Helps Preserve Iconic Tortoise Lonesome George
On June 24, 2012, Lonesome George—a Galapagos tortoise who was the last of his kind—died of natural causes. For two years, Museum scientists worked closely with taxidermy experts to preserve Lonesome George as he appeared in life. He is on view at the Museum through January 4, 2015.
4) Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs Now Open
In 2014, the Museum invited visitors to experience the world of Pterosaurs. The fossils of ancient winged reptiles known as pterosaurs have puzzled paleontologists for hundreds of years, but incredible new discoveries are revealing new information about this extraordinary group of animals. The exhibition is open through January 4, 2015.
3) Bites, Stings, Spines, and Spurs - Venom Delivery
The Power of Poison was a special exhibition that was on view through the summer of 2014, and explored poison's paradoxical roles in nature, human health and history, literature, and myth. This video examines the different venom delivery methods used in the animal world.
2) The Covert World of Fish Biofluorescence
In 2014, a team of researchers led by scientists from the American Museum of Natural History released the first report of widespread biofluorescence in the tree of life of fishes, identifying more than 180 species that glow in a wide range of colors and patterns.
And the Museum's top video of 2014 is...
1) Deep-Diving Exosuit for Studying Bioluminescence
The Exosuit, the newest generation of atmospheric diving systems, keeps the pilot protected from the effects of pressure and will allow a trained pilot to perform delicate work at depths of up to 1,000 feet (305 meters) for hours. In 2014, it was on display to visitors at the Museum.
Have a happy New Year, and stay tuned for many more great videos in 2015!