Even after 20 years in business, a new season still brings many changes to The Evolution Store. With that in mind we would like to share with you our many adventures in our first ever newsletter! Available in store and online, we hope you will enjoy reading about our latest travels, news, products and creations.
In the News
Perhaps it’s no coincidence that The Evolution Store and the film Jurassic Park were both introduced to natural history lovers in 1993. Since then, man has dreamed of bringing extinct animals back to life. Specifically, woolly mammoths (Mammuthus primigenius) have been the focus of extinction biologists as a viable candidate for this type of experiment because of their genetic similarity to extant Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) and the abundance of well-preserved DNA in icy locales such as Siberia. An in-depth article in the New York Times explores the progress being made in this exciting field. Until we can picnic alongside grazing woolly mammoths in Central Park, we will have to content ourselves with a . Check out our full line of mammoth products on our website!
Our friend Ron from The Bone Room searching for insects in amber…
Fossil Woolly Mammoth Tooth
Recent custom display, featuring 37 butterflies/moths
Custom Entomology Displays
Did you know the at The Evolution Store will create personalized decorative pieces? Either a customer or members of our Entomology Department may pick out various types of insects from our selection of loose specimens; with these specimens we create complimentary compositions and unique displays. We love to work with the customers throughout the process, sending photographs and remaining in contact to ensure that they will receive a display that will fit perfectly into their home or business.
Meet the Staff
Years at Evolution: 3 years
What did you do before working here:
Lighting Tech & Artist Assistant
Front man for the NYC rockband The Hog
Favorite Product: Humboldt Squid Beak
Favorite Evolution Story: What I’d like to share is not so much a particular story. Instead it is a motif from the past that I hold very dear. Before I worked at the store in SoHo fixing things and helping out around the place, I was a sales associate at the Toys ”R” Us location (now closed). With that job came an incredible experience and I learned what it meant to be kind to people and children. Kindness is a motif that I strongly endorse at the store. If I can do my part in assisting an interested client or help a kid pick out an unusual creature that they enjoy, I feel that forever they will remember The Evolution Store as a great place. It’s been a joy to work with creatures here.
Hand-picked small items from the store
One of the greatest pleasures of working at The Evolution Store is the opportunity to help curate an ever-changing collection of some of the most interesting items in the world. Some of these items - like our largest or - are large and quite expensive, but we spend a great deal of time and energy selecting numerous tiny treasures as well, whether searching through thousands of to selecting a handful of exceptional pieces or spotting odd and exquisite mineral specimens to grace a future cabinet of curiosities. We always try to offer hundreds of lovely, unique inexpensive items, some of which will never make it to our website, but we take great care in selecting each , each , and countless pieces of unusual natural crystals and . If you are like me, you can never have enough small and fascinating things around you, and they make superb gifts. Come visit our store in SoHo and let us show you a remarkable variety of little things you never knew existed!
The Evolution Store warehouse has moved to Brooklyn! Located in the former Pfizer Building in Williamsburg, our warehouse is now housed in a renovated, sun-filled space. Surrounded by many artists, designers and entrepreneurs, our new location has breathed new life into our stockroom and shipping and receiving department. Change is a good thing. We look forward to many years there! Questions about your order?
Call us at 646-762-2502 or
630 Flushing Ave.
From the Owner
My name is Bill Stevens and I’m the owner and founder of The Evolution Store. For the past 20 years, my trusted staff and I have striven to bring our customers the very best natural history products. To that end, every year we spend two jam-packed weeks out West; inspecting, buying and discovering new fossils, minerals, jewelry and more. We just got back from our latest trip and are very excited to share these specimens with you. Be sure to check our store and website often as we unveil these new finds. Thanks for reading!
Q: How do I care for my iron meteorite?
A: When exposed to the Earth’s oxygen-rich atmosphere, iron meteorites naturally begin to oxidize and rust. To maintain your meteorite in excellent condition, follow each of these guidelines: 1.) Keep your meteorite in a dry place. 2.) Remove any rust with a wire brush and steel wool or scouring pads. 3.) Apply a thin layer of automatic transmission fluid (ATF) regularly to prevent future rusting. If you follow these steps, you should be able to enjoy your meteorite for the next 4.5 billion years!
Meteorite in Suspension Box
Did you know that Evolution has a kiosk at the famous FAO Schwartz toy store?
Come visit us and browse our specially curated selection of kid-friendly products. We’ve got everything from and to and ! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff love chatting about science and natural history with our youngest fans, so stop on by the next time you’re in the market for a or a ! FAO Schwarz is located at 767 Fifth Avenue (at 58th Street) in New York City. Find us on Level 2!
Scorpion lollipops are always a big hit with the kids!
The Evolution Store
120 Spring St
New York, NY 10012