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April 2012

Smithsonian April 2012

Departments: Opening Announcement, Cover, Contributions, From Editor, The Conversation, From the Castle



Profile, Food + Culture, Science, Books



Phenomenon

Futurism

By various authors



Monster Discovery

In Colombia, the fossil of a gargantuan snake poses a threat to conventional wisdom.

By Guy Gugliotta

Illustrations by Paul Mirocha



The Rebellion's Secret Weapon

They helped overthrow Qaddafi. Now women in Libya are fighting for a greater voice in society.

By Joshua Hammer

Photographs by Michael Christopher Brown



National Treasure: Roberto Clemente's Batting Helmet

The baseball icon was a rarity: an all-star athlete and humanitarian.

By David Maraniss



Casanova Slept Here

History's most celebrated lover was an intellectual? His newly acquired memoir (all 3,700 pages) is seducing scholars.

By Tony Perrottet

Photographs by Mary Ellen Mark



American Prom

A renowned photographer documents our special, and awkward, rite of passage.

Photographs by Mary Ellen Mark

Text by Sloane Crosely



Eye of the Tiger

Hunted and displaced, the big cats are disappearing. But new research suggests how to avert extinction.

By Phil McKenna

Photographs by Kalyan Varma



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