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Meet the Scientist: James Napoli on Velociraptors

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  • Feb. 01, 2020, 2:15pm, 3:00pm, and 3:45pm
  • The American Museum of Natural History
  • 200 Central Park W., Upper West Side
  • All Ages
  • free with museum admission ($23; $13 children ages 2-12; free for children younger than 2)

Velociraptor and its family—the Dromaeosauridae—are some of the most popular and well-known meat-eating dinosaurs. In the last twenty years, we have discovered many new members of the family, but how they evolved from humble beginnings to become the dinosaur world’s smartest hunters remains a mystery.

James Napoli, a PhD Candidate at the Richard Gilder Graduate School of the American Museum of Natural History, studies the causes and pathways of major evolutionary changes. Join James as he shares his research on how Velociraptor became the fierce and brainy predator we know and love.

About The American Museum of Natural History

200 Central Park W.

Upper West Side, NY


  • Standard hours: Daily, 10am-5:45pm
  • Stroller parking: Yes
  • Stroller check: Yes
  • Bring food: Yes
  • Buy food: Yes
  • Where is food allowed: Food allowed in designated spots
  • Changing tables in the women's room(s): Yes
  • Changing tables in the men's room(s): Yes
  • Family bathroom: Yes

  • The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education, and exhibition.

    The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world's cultures.

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