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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



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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