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  • Explore Evolution with Lucy’s Legacy | BEYONDbones
    mean failure If you ask a fossil to share the secrets it holds it will provide invaluable information and insight into the past But how can we piece the puzzle together Dirk explains the wisdom of what happens when fossils meet modern technology and dating begins pun intended How do we know dating techniques Meet Lucy Australopithecus afarensis What s in a name Teeth Tell Tales Want to find out more about Lucy s home Ethiopia Click below and discover a wealth of history culture and tradition Timkat an Ethiopian Epiphany celebration The Ark of the Covenant and Aksum 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Lucy s Legacy and tagged Anthropology chimps dating techniques Discovery Times Square Exhibition dna early tools editor pick ethiopia evolution extinction genetics hominids Lucy Lucy exhibition Lucy s Legacy Migration monkeys mutants Neanderthals by Steven Bookmark the permalink About Steven Steven never dreamed his first job out of college would be in public relations and on top of that working for one of the top museums in the country After all he majored in History at Vassar College Within three months of graduation he landed a spot in the PR department and has not looked back since He is fast becoming a communications fanatic spending a tremendous amount of his time promoting the museum and all it has to offer View all posts by Steven 15 thoughts on Explore Evolution with Lucy s Legacy Peg Van Andel on July 30 2009 at 10 18 pm said Do you know where Lucy will be going after its stop in New York City on October 25 I am a science teacher in North Andover Massachusetts and would love to see the exhibit come to Boston Please let me know Thanks so much Erin B on July 31 2009 at 8 25 am said Hi Peg We haven t announced the next venue yet but when we do we will definitely post it here Thanks for reading Betty Wilkinson on August 14 2009 at 4 12 pm said I don t want to miss Lucy I also am a science teacher and desperately want to know where the next exhibit will be or if I should spend the and go to New York before Oct 25 Please let me know about any plans for extending the New York exhibit or if and where there will be another stop for this exhibit Thank you for your time Betty from San Diego Erin F on August 14 2009 at 4 32 pm said Hi Betty Thanks for your interest in Lucy we will definitely post information as soon as the next venue is confirmed Hopefully soon Thanks for reading Michelle on September 24 2009 at 3 52 pm said Is there any word yet on where after the New York show closes Lucy will be heading elizabeth on October 19 2009 at 9 13 pm said Since the Lucy exhibit will close next week in New York City

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  • 100 Years – 100 Objects: Adamite | BEYONDbones
    Check back here frequently to learn more about this diverse selection of behind the scenes curiosities we will post the image and description of a new object every few days This description is from Joel the Museum s President and Curator of Gems and Minerals He s chosen spectacular objects from the Museum s mineralogy collection which includes some of the most rare and fascinating mineral specimens in the world that we ll be sharing here and at 100 hmns org throughout the year San Judas Chimney Level 6 Ojuela Mine Mapimi Durango Mexico Adamite comes in many colors but the finest specimens have always come from the Ojuela mine and by far the most sought after color is the royal purple found in the San Judas chimney in 1981 The mineral world was galvanized by the extraordinary specimens recovered from that find Perhaps the best of the lot is this 5 5 cm cluster on limonite matrix making it the best known example of the species The complexity sharpness perfection color arrangement and luster of the semi transparent crystals are all superb Marvel at the world s most spectacular collection of natural mineral crystals in the Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals at the Houston Museum of Natural Science You can see more images of this fascinating artifact as well as the others we ve posted so far this year in the 100 Objects section at 100 hmns org 0 3 0 This entry was posted in Gems Minerals and tagged 100 years 100 objects adamite gems gems and minerals limonite minerals ojuela mine photos preserving artifacts preserving objects rare gems rare minerals rare rocks by Joel Bookmark the permalink About Joel Not only is Joel the President of the Museum he s also a curator He has the

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  • Texas Wins Big: NEED State Program of the Year | BEYONDbones
    geothermal energy propane natural gas and light Texas was selected as NEED s State Program of the Year because of the diverse and dedicated partners providing energy education opportunities to students teacher and families in Texas HMNS along with other Texas partners was recognized at the 29th Annual Youth Awards for Energy Achievement for the Museum s commitment to NEED and the programs in Texas as well as our commitment to energy education in general Hydropower photo credit gobanshee1 But it s not just about giving the teachers facts and figures The fastest way for teachers to get students excited is to get the teachers excited and NEED activities do just that Before receiving the award we completed a test run of their new hydropower curriculum I spent a few hours with elementary school teachers and kids putting together a water powered wheel that would lift paperclips The exciting part was watching the kids come up with ideas and innovations to make the water powered wheels run more efficiently and do more work To learn more about energy education check out our previous entries in the blog s Energy category 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Energy and tagged alternative energy alternative energy sources biomass coal Energy energy curriculum geothermal energy HMNS hydropower light natural gas NEED petroleum propane solar energy teaching teaching energy uranium wind wind energy by Daniel Bookmark the permalink About Daniel An inveterate punster amateur chef and fencer Daniel B has a double degree in History and Museum Science from Baylor He currently serves as the Assistant Program Coordinator for the Wiess Energy Hall and Adult Education at HMNS View all posts by Daniel 3 thoughts on Texas Wins Big NEED State Program of the Year Raptor Lewis on July 10 2009 at 10

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  • Dead Reckoning | BEYONDbones
    HMNS The Nature of Diamonds treasure hunting by David Bookmark the permalink About David David is the Museum s associate curator of paleontology In addition to running the Museum s dig program in Seymour TX and curating exhibits he s also unofficial head of The Department of Mysteries a shadow wing of HMNS that deals with strange goo unusual fossils mysterious substances or any other unknown object you d like to know what to do with View all posts by David 5 thoughts on Dead Reckoning Daniel on July 9 2009 at 4 53 pm said Attempted failed There were a bunch of families picnic ing around the spot I suspect it might have been picked up inadvertently or I was simply beaten to it Ralph and Dixie on July 10 2009 at 10 52 am said We searched high and low but could not find the cache Dixie finally said I had to give it up and go home We searched a pretty wide area and looked in all the usual hiding places We sure hope it isn t gone and we just overlooked it Good luck to the next person to give it a try Erin B on July 10 2009 at 12 41 pm said Hi Daniel Ralph Dixie It s definitely still there But we might need to make an addition to the clues to make it more find able we re working on it now and we ll post that as soon as we can Thanks for participating Larry and Diana on July 13 2009 at 7 49 pm said Well we gave it a go today and came up empty too I d talked to Ralph and Dixie yesterday and thought I would try expanding on the area they searched but still had no

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  • Terra Cotta Warriors myths…busted! | BEYONDbones
    size All of the artifacts on display were excavated from the necropolis of Qin Shi Huang China s First Emperor They were brought to Houston as part of an agreement with the Museum of the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses of Qin Shi Huang Peoples Republic of China The exhibition does contain a few replica figures however these are labeled as such The replicas were included to represent horses and carriages that have recently been excavated and are too fragile to travel Some confusion may also have arisen due to the existence of the Forbidden Gardens in Katy This display recreates the Emperor s entire necropolis in one third size replica figures This exhibit has been to Houston before FALSE and TRUE We ve heard this several times but no one seemed to know where the rumor came from The exhibition itself is newly created and has certainly never been to Houston before it opened here May 22 However the misconception seems to have arisen from another exhibition that came though Houston with Terra Cotta Warriors Thank you to Laurie one of our intrepid volunteer docents Donna one of our fabulous Museum bloggers and David a collections registrar from MFAH for helping us track down the answer In 2000 the Museum of Fine Arts hosted The Golden Age of Chinese Archeology Celebrated Discoveries from the People s Republic of China an exhibition of Chinese art that did contain several authentic figures from the terra cotta army Organized by the National Gallery of Art the exhibition covered a large span of time from the prehistoric era to the late 10th century A D and surveyed a broad range of highlights of Chinese archaeology Terra Cotta Warriors Guardians of China s First Emperor currently on display at HMNS is a totally new exhibition that contains the most Terra Cotta Warriors and other Level One artifacts ever allowed to travel outside of China at once there are 11 warriors alone alongside many other kinds of tomb figures such as acrobats and musicians It s also a much more specific look at the time in which the warriors were created around the end of the 2nd century B C the first time the lands today known as China were unified A visit to this exhibition is the very best look at these marvels you could possibly get outside of Xi an China where the Warriors were discovered All of the Terra Cotta Warriors have been found and excavated FALSE It is estimated that 7 000 or more warriors were created to accompany the Emperor to the afterlife but only 1 000 have been fully excavated Just recently two decades after initial excavations ceased Chinese authorities began new excavations in Xi an utilizing new technology that will preserve the warriors original colors Though excavations continue in the necropolis the actual tomb of Qin Shi Huang remains intact due to the high levels of mercury found in the surrounding soil suggesting that the rivers of mercury

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  • 100 Years – 100 Objects: Evelyn and Herbert Frensley Hall of African Wildlife and Graham Family Presentation of Ecology and Conservation Biomes | BEYONDbones
    will post the image and description of a new object every few days This description is from Dan the museum s curator of vertebrate zoology He s chosen a selection of objects that represent the most fascinating animals in the Museum s collections that we ll be sharing here and at 100 hmns org throughout the year The Evelyn and Herbert Frensley Hall of African Wildlife and Graham Family Presentation of Ecology and Conservation Biomes is an important exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science as it transports visitors to an area of the world that many will never be able to experience first hand The continent of Africa has been studied and portrayed by the staffs of various museums from the inception of the same institutions One of the more famous African wildlife halls is at American Museum of Natural History in New York the Akeley Hall of African Mammals is comprised of a traditional menagerie of African animals many of which were collected by the late Theodore Roosevelt The exhibit at HMNS focuses on African wildlife ecology and conservation using various themes in animal ecology to portray the African vertebrates represented in HMNS collection Range across seven biomes to explore the entire continent of Africa in the Evelyn and Herbert Frensley Hall of African Wildlife a permanent exhibition at the Houston Museum of Natural Science You can see more images of this fascinating exhibition as well as the other objects we ve posted so far this year in the 100 Objects section at 100 hmns org 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Zoology and tagged 100 years 100 objects african wildlife American Museum of Natural History animal ecology biomes HMNS preserving artifacts preserving objects theodore Roosevelt wildlife Zoology by Dan Bookmark the permalink About Dan

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  • I Heart Pollinators! | BEYONDbones
    may look nice but they don t belong here and they do more harm than good Native plants are meant to survive in our environment so they require much less maintenance and will make things cheaper and easier Check them out just as I am sometimes surprised at which insects are native to Houston you may be surprised to see the variety of plants that are native to our semi tropical environment photo credit Noël Zia Lee Hang a hummingbird feeder Hummingbirds are absolutely gorgeous and fun to watch Feeders are super simple to make and will attract these important pollinators to your garden Build a bee house Honeybees are not the only ones that pollinate Houston is home to dozens of bee species many of which are solitary and non aggressive If you provide shelter for them they ll want to hang out in your garden Plant a butterfly garden We are always promoting butterfly gardening especially during our spring and fall plants sales It is easy and fun and if you use the right kinds of plants the butterflies will come to you The bonus is that all kinds of beneficial insects enjoy butterfly gardening plants If you love insects your garden will love you and you will be rewarded Be sure to stop by the Cockrell Butterfly Center and pick up one of our butterfly gardening brochures It is full of all the information you need to get started Finally certify your yard with the National Wildlife Federation You may already meet all of the requirements If you follow the simple steps above you will get there faster than you realize The National Wildlife Federation is a wonderful organization dedicated to preserving native plants and animals Anything you can do to help big or small is fantastic

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  • Go Stargazing! July edition | BEYONDbones
    plane Now that we re seeing the entire system edgewise we re beginning to see Saturn s moons pass in front of and behind Saturn s disk The passage of a moon in front of a planet s disk is a transit while an occultation occurs when a planet s disk blocks a moon When a moon transits we can often see its shadow on the planet s disk Here are some upcoming events for Saturn and Titan as seen from Houston 7 9 Titan is partly occulted blocked by Saturn until 9 30 pm 7 17 Titan is already in transit as night falls it leaves the Sun s disk between 9 45 and 10 20 Titan appears as a disk and not a point so it takes some time to move all of the way off Saturn s disk Saturn sets by 11 15 7 25 Titan is occulted by Saturn 8 2 Titan is in transit from dusk until Saturn sets Titan s shadow appears on Saturn s disk at 9 30 8 10 Titan occulted by Saturn 8 18 Titan transits Saturn By August 18 however Saturn is so close to the Sun in our sky that it is only about five degrees high during late twilight and sets before night completely falls photo credit makelessnoise Look high in the west at dusk for stars in the shape of a backwards question mark with a right triangle to the left of that These stars are in Leo the Lion Saturn is under the right angle in that right triangle The Big Dipper is high in the northwest on summer evenings From the Big Dipper s handle you can arc to Arcturus Arcturus in the west at dusk is the fourth brightest star we ever see at night and will be the brightest star in our night skies during all of July Continuing the curve of the Big Dipper s handle past Arcturus you can speed on to Spica a star lower in the southwest at dusk Spica is a stalk of wheat held by Virgo the Virgin who represents the harvest goddess In the south as night falls is Antares in Scorpius the Scorpion This is a red super giant star about 700 times as wide across as our Sun To the Scorpion s left look for eight stars in the shape of a teapot These stars are the bow and arrow of Sagittarius the Archer In the east the Summer Triangle dominates the evening sky The Triangle is up all night long until mid August Vega is the brightest of the triangle s three stars followed by Altair in Aquila and Deneb in Cygnus Moon Phases in July 2009 Full July 7 4 21 am Last Quarter July 15 4 53 am New July 21 9 34 pm 1st Quarter July 28 4 59 pm photo credit James Jordan The New Moon of July 21 lines up well enough with the Earth and Sun to

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