Museum of Natural Science | Here to Win

Here to Win

The LSU Museum of Natural Science has a jaw-dropping record of discovering 41-plus new species of birds. Our modern-day Charles Darwins have identified 11 species of fish and 27 species of reptiles and amphibians, including the world’s smallest vertebrate, a tiny frog from the jungles of New Guinea. LSU is Here to Win!


photo: hog-nosed rat
Hog-nosed Shrew Rat

LSU MNS personnel have discovered 66 new species since 2006! Here are a few of the most recent species that have been identified:

Tiniest Frog
(Paedocypris progenetica)

 Inambari gnatcatcher
(Polioptila attenboroughi)

Ghost Snake
(Madagascarophis lolo)

Hog-nosed Shrew Rat
(Hyorhinomys stuempkei)

Pancake Batfish
(Halieutichthys intermedius)




In the World

LSUMNS globetrotting scientists also train more than 30 doctoral students each year. Our alumni have gone on to work in the world’s leading institutions, such as the Smithsonian and the American Museum of Natural History.

World's Tiniest Frog

LSU Museum of Natural Science Curator of Herpetology Chris Austin discusses finding the world's smallest vertebrate, a tiny frog from the island of New Guinea.

Big Day

LSU graduate student Glenn Seeholzer and a team of LSU ornithologists set a new world Big Day record by identifying 354 bird species types.

Make Your Own Discoveries!

Explore the natural world with LSUMNS through "Night at the Museum" and "Special Saturdays" programs. 

Night at the Museum

photo: bird collection

Ever wonder what lies behind closed doors at the LSU Museum of Natural Science? Our new program, “Night at the Museum” will give you a glimpse into the collections and cutting edge research happening at the LSUMNS.  It’s sure to be an experience you won’t forget!



Special Saturday

photo: fish project

The LSU Museum of Natural Science’s “Special Saturdays” program schedule is now posted! Join us for fun filled Saturdays once a month to learn more about the natural world (activities best suited for ages 5-12).

Pre-register for a Session