As we enter the holiday season, we pause to reflect on all the wonderful experiences we’ve shared with our customers over the past year. It’s been such a pleasure hearing from so many of you in-person and through social media!

In this newsletter, we wanted to shine that spotlight back on you, the customer, by debuting a new feature - Customer Review! This quarter we’re hearing from Nick Clarke, who’s a big fan of our Correlated History of Earth poster!

In Meet the Team, we wanted to profile one of the employees you may already know, without realizing it! Our Office Associate Rony mans the phones and responds to all customer emails, answering a myriad of questions and solving problems everyday.  

Our Fabrication Department also had the pleasure of working with photographer Jesse Frohman recently, as detailed in Creative Corner. Collaborating with photographers and other creative professionals is always a treat!

And don’t forget to check out our latest, greatest find - a fossil Oreodont skull! This exceptional specimen is available both in-store and online, and you can read more about it in New & Notable.

Finally, we know how stressful this time of year can be, so we wanted to take some of the guesswork out of your shopping timetable by breaking down all the relevant shipping deadlines for orders placed online and in-store.

Thanks again to all of you for making this another great year. We truly couldn’t do it without you and your support - it means the world to us. We look forward to serving you all again in the New Year! 


Julianna Stevens


On our latest buying trip, we came back with a super special find - a fossil Oreodont skull! Oreodonts, also known as Merycoidodontoidea, are an extinct family of hog-like creatures. Their name literally means “mountain teeth”, and refers to their impressive molars. This group of herbivores was widespread throughout North America until the Pliocene epoch (approximately four million years ago), when global temperatures dropped significantly.

While Oreodonts may appear most similar to modern-day pigs, hippopotamuses, and peccaries, paleontologists believe that these stocky, prehistoric mammals are actually more closely related to camels. Evidence also suggests that they lived in herds of thousands of individuals. Their numbers peaked in North America during the Oligocene epoch (approximately 30 million years ago).

Mass mortality sites have been identified in the White River Badlands of South Dakota, Wyoming, and Nebraska; the Nebraska “Oreodont beds”; and Chula Vista, California. This particular specimen is from South Dakota and has minimal restoration. It sits most attractively on a wide, heavy base, and would make a unique addition to a fossil lover’s collection. It is priced at $1,495.


Jesse Frohman is a photographer specializing in studio portraits and still life. You may have caught his work in such noteworthy publications as Vanity Fair, Vogue, and Bazaar for clients like Barney’s, Estee Lauder, and Clinique.

When trying to realize a particular vision, sometimes a photoshoot might require some unusual props. “I usually get beetles, butterflies, and a skull or two,” says Jesse about his visits to The Evolution Store. In fact, according to Jesse, we are “THE go-to for bugs and such in NYC.”

He’s currently working on a series of flower still lifes “in the style of the old master paintings.” We helped Jesse with this project by specially pinning butterflies in naturalistic poses and sourcing specific species of insects to capture the essence of his inspiration.

Our Fabrication Department is skilled at working with photographers, filmmakers, and other artists and professionals - we’re able to deliver special requests with very little notice. You can also stop by our store and select from our large selection of prepared specimens.

Let us know how we can help with your next creative project!
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Over the summer, we were lucky enough to be visited by The Social Edge, NYC, a marketing firm whose specialty is creating, curating, and distributing the most entertaining and informative stories for their daily online subscribers. This time they were representing none other than the legendary George Takei and his Oh Myyy Page on Facebook (@georgetakeipresents)!

Isabella Bedoya, Video Partnerships and Content Marketing Strategist and “die-hard Evolution shopper since moving to NYC 4+ years ago”, explains her selection process this way: “My theory in selecting subjects is heavily influenced by an insatiable desire to know the small business and nonprofit organizations that keep this city educated, moving, and (with hope) giving back. There definitely is a human interest element I aspire to include within every production. With relatability comes understanding, right?”


So far, the response to the piece has been “beyond terrific!” says Isabella. You can learn more about the many projects Isabella and her team are working on by following them on Facebook and Instagram @thesocialedgenyc. And check out Season One of the "Oh Myyy Pod" Podcast (Season Two is coming in December)!
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Nick Clarke is a BIG fan of our Correlated History of Earth poster ($24). As a technology strategist for Microsoft, part of his job is to take complex concepts and find ways of presenting them clearly and succinctly. “I describe myself as a systems architect, a cartographer of organizations,” says Nick. “I’ve always loved correlated histories, timelines, that sort of thing. When I was taking chemistry in school, I bought a periodic table of the elements chart that was five feet tall and eight feet long. It was so big I couldn’t find anywhere to hang it!”

Nick knew that he wanted to display the poster somewhere he could observe it closely over time (there’s a lot of information on there!). At first he thought he might tape it to the bottom of his glass coffee table, but his girlfriend, who isn’t a science nerd herself, quickly nixed the idea. Then - Eureka! - genius struck. The heavy-duty laminated print would work perfectly in the restroom, right in front of the “throne”: “Now every time we use the bathroom, we learn something new!” Even Nick’s girlfriend has come around, and is inspired alternately by what it shows about cosmology, geology, and biology.
Q & A

Q: When do I need to place my order to guarantee delivery in time for Christmas?

A: While most orders placed through our website - - ship within one business day, it may take up to three business days to process orders during the busiest time of the year. We offer three shipping options: UPS Ground (1-6 days), USPS Priority Mail (1-3 days), and UPS 2nd Day Air (2 days guaranteed). This means that in order to receive your order by Tuesday, December 24, 2019, orders should be placed no later than:

Friday, December 13, 2019 - UPS Ground
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - USPS Priority Mail
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - UPS 2nd Day Air


Note that most framed insects are made-to-order, so please allow an additional two weeks for processing.

Items purchased in-store that need to be shipped will be brought to our warehouse during our scheduled deliveries. This means that in order to receive your order by Tuesday, December 24, 2019, customers should refer to the following schedule:

Before December 11, 2019 - UPS Ground or USPS Priority Mail
Between December 12 and December 19, 2019 - UPS 2nd Day Air

International shipments or extra large items will require additional processing time, so please contact us to make arrangements 

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If you’ve had a question about your web order, or need to know when a particular item will be back in stock, chances are you’ve spoken with our Office Associate, Rony Abraham. Rony has been a part of the team since 2018 and is always busy manning the phones and responding to customer emails lightning quick. In fact, he has quite a bit of customer service experience from his time working for companies in such far-flung places as the United Arab Emirates and India, where he’s originally from.

Here at Evolution, he’s become a bit of a jack-of-all-trades. He handles a variety of different responsibilities, from taking care of customers, to managing our inventory, to coordinating deliveries between the warehouse and the store, to helping process orders placed through our website.

His talents especially shine through when working with computers - he has a strong background in IT, and he can whip even the most stubborn spreadsheet into shape! “My favorite project is updating the company website by adding new items to the website through BigCommerce [our website’s platform],” says Rony. We have about 1,200 individual items on the website, and Rony is working hard to add more everyday!  

When he’s not at work keeping us all sane, he enjoys spending time with family, shopping, and playing with his two adorable kids.

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