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  • December Book List: Holiday Classics | BEYONDbones
    the pages of the book For example unwrap for U snowflake for S and poinsettia for P But my favorite pop up is gift for G As you open the window you will see a small square box with ribbons appearing to be untied Follow the arrow on the top of the box and you will find your gift a kitten Sabuda also created the Pop Up book The 12 Days of Christmas a unique retelling of the Holiday classic All of the pages are laid out in the same way When you turn a page you see one pop up that takes up of the space then you lift a flap for the next part of the song Opening the book you see a very large partridge with five green pears and when you open the flap you find two turtledoves in a fancy birdcage with a bow attached Sabuda uses the unexpected to keep the song fresh For example the four calling birds are in a cuckoo clock that is getting ready to chime the five gold rings adorn the antlers of a giant reindeer the six geese a laying are sitting on top of a piece of pie with a fork nearby the seven swans a swimming are in a holiday snow globe and the nine drummers drumming are tiny mice holding drumsticks Although it does not appear to be as complicated as some of the pop ups I particularly like ten pipers piping When you open the flap you see a chain of angels that appear to have been cut like paper dolls and the scissors are part of the pop up too However eleven ladies dancing may be the most complicated You see an open musical jewelry box complete with a mirror on the back and you can almost see the tiny ballerinas spinning The retelling of Clement Moore s The Night Before Christmas by Robert Sabuda is particularly striking The pages are laid out the same way as in The 12 Days of Christmas and the members of the family are mice When you read When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter you see Mr Mouse springing into action His pillow has been thrown aside and he is heading for the window Look carefully and you will see the shade pull and the tiny town outside the window When you read More rapid than eagles his coursers they came and he whistled and shouted and called them by name eight reindeer leap off the page at you They are harnessed together with a silver cord which Santa is holding and each pair of reindeer holds their heads in a different direction The most elaborate pop up is on the last page But I heard him exclaim ere he drove out of sight Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night You see the entire village complete with houses

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2009/11/december-book-list-holiday-classics/ (2016-02-12)
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  • 100 Years – 100 Objects: Rhodochrosite | BEYONDbones
    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 Rhodochrosite N Chwaning Mine Kuruman Northern Cape Province South Africa The epitome of South African rhodochrosite is represented by gemmy deep red scalenohedral crystals in solid clusters such as the beautiful 9 5 cm example pictured here Though not quite as spectacular as the big rhombohedrons from the Sweet Home mine in Colorado these clusters are highly valued for their deep red color high transparency brilliant sparkling luster sharp crystal form and large aesthetic groupings 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 0 0 This entry was posted in Gems Minerals and tagged 100 years 100 objects crystals rhodochrosite

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  • 100 Years – 100 Objects: Pre-Columbian figurine fragments | BEYONDbones
    case here the sheer volume of figurine fragments from Mesoamerica tells us that they were abundant What were they used for Where do we find them How were they made Even broken artifacts like these can give us some answers For this reason alone they are treasured given a spot on our virtual exhibit Explore thousands of years of Native American history in the John P McGovern Hall of the Americas a permanent exhibition 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 0 0 This entry was posted in Anthropology and tagged 100 years 100 objects Anthropology archaeology ceramic figurine HMNS Mesoamaerica preserving artifacts preserving objects by Dirk Bookmark the permalink About Dirk As curator of anthropology Dirk is responsible for the museum s artifact collection and is involved in its temporary and permanent anthropology exhibits Dirk is an expert in human cultures he curates the Museum s Hall of the Americas and specializes in native American cultures like the Aztec and Maya View all posts by Dirk 6 thoughts on 100 Years 100 Objects Pre Columbian figurine fragments Marshall on November 24 2009 at 1 19 am said These are great It seems like a big loss to have our public understanding of the past limited by a distinction as arbitrary as broken unbroken after five centuries Dirk Van Tuerenhout on November 24 2009 at 9 48 am said Hello Marshall Thanks for your email I often wonder what archaeologist 5000 years down the road will be using to reconstruct our society My bet is that there will be a few broken items in there as well Yet broken

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  • Photo From You: Insect Identification | BEYONDbones
    flies They are found literally all over the world They may resemble their close cousins the mosquitoes but they want nothing to do with human blood or any blood for that matter Often the adults don t feed at all but if they do they stick to flower nectar Mosquito hawk is definitely a misnomer The larvae which are active eaters don t eat mosquito larvae they only feed on rotting organic matter and sometimes roots The larvae of some European species can become pests in lawns Dragonfly also sometimes known as mosquito hawks photo credit chris bartnik photography The real mosquito hawk is actually a type of mosquito These awesome mosquitoes belong to the genus Toxorhynchites which is just as fun to pronounce as it is to spell As adults these are one of the very few types of mosquitoes that do not feed on blood They prefer nectar as well The larvae are active predators especially on other mosquito larvae so we really like these guys Dragonflies are also sometimes known as mosquito hawks also since they chow down on them during all stages of their lives Crane flies are usually one of the first bugs I see emerging in the spring You can identify them by their extremely long legs which are very fragile and their clumsy flight The woman who took this picture said that she had nearly 100 of these in her car since her window was left open I m not sure exactly what they were doing but my best guess was that they were late season adults swarming together in search of a mate to complete their lifecycle before it s too late So next time you see something that looks like a giant mosquito don t swat at it it means you

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2009/11/photo-from-you-insect-identification-5/ (2016-02-12)
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  • 100 Years 100 Objects: Merychippus | BEYONDbones
    the Museum s collections that we ll be sharing here and at 100 hmns org throughout the year Folks stop and stare at our fossil horse It is cute in a coltish way all gangly and long legged And it is dynamic rearing up as if it just saw you and was whinnying a Hello But sharp eyed visitors take a second look Our Merychippus demands a digital double take Count the toes There s one big hoof on each foot as there should be It s a horse of course The French word is solipede meaning Single Toe Foot Today among all animals domestic and wild horses and only horses have just the single solitary toe to run on Wait look closely There s more Our Merychippus has too many toes There are extra digits little ones on the inside and outside of the main hoof The mini toes have hoofs too but they re narrow and pointed I imagine I m petting our Merychippus along its muzzle like I do to my neighborhood ponies And I d feel another odd thing Merychippus has a more delicate lightly built face and nose If you stare at the fossil you see a row of molar teeth far smaller than any horse owner would expect Those small molars and accessory digits tell a story that s literally earth shaking Back in the 1870s Merychippus and the other three toed horses shattered the scientific status quo The side toes made Archbishops fume and fuss and get red in the face German philosophers smiled and puffed their pipes with satisfaction You see Merychippus proved that Darwin was right Click here to read the full story Wander among prehistoric beasts in the Paleontology Hall a permanent exhibition at the Houston Museum of Natural Science

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2009/11/100-years-100-objects-merychippus/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Reminder: GEMS booth host applications due on November 20th!! | BEYONDbones
    to send in your booth host application for GEMS 2010 by Friday at 5 p m for consideration we re going to have a lot of fun this year and we don t want anyone to miss out on the opportunity to participate and share some knowledge Go to our website to download the information packet and application I can t wait to see what everyone comes up with this year Is your troop not yet old enough to host a booth Leave a comment and let us know what topics you re most interested in learning about at GEMS 2010 See you all in February at GEMS 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged Booth Host Education engineering February gems Girl Scouting Girl Scouts Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Girls Exploring Math and Science Houston Scouts math Saturday Science Scout event STEM technology by Allison Bookmark the permalink About Allison After volunteering at HMNS since 1993 Allison joined HMNS full time in 2003 Her current job responsibilities include curating the education collections and keeping the summer camp classrooms stocked with materials facilitating Education special events and coordinating the Museum s overnight program In her

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  • 100 Years – 100 Objects: Specimens of the Dooley-Selden Expedition | BEYONDbones
    specimens and artifacts one for each year of our history 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 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 Dooley Selden team led the first HMNS mounted expedition In 1959 HMNS first Curator Tom Dooley was invited by Board Member Selden to collect specimens in the northern Saharan region of what was then Tanganyika today Tanzania The objective of the expedition was to collect specimens for exhibition at the museum Nearly 100 specimens were collected including a vast array of birds and ungulates hoofed mammals as well as a few carnivores and small mammals Range across seven biomes to explore the entire continent of Africa in the Evelyn and Herbert Frensley Hall of African Wildlife and Graham Family Presentation of Ecology and Conservation Biomes 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 objects 100 years 100 objects HMNS preserving artifacts preserving objects vertebrate Zoology by Dan Bookmark the permalink About Dan As curator of vertebrate zoology Dr Brooks has more backbone s than anyone at the Museum He is recognized internationally as the authority on Cracids the most threatened family of birds in the Americas With an active research

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  • A Lost Persian Army Returns | BEYONDbones
    III faced the Persian army at the great frontier fortress of Pelusium eastern gateway into Egypt The Egyptian forces and their Greek mercenaries were no match The king fled to Memphis where he was captured and taken to Susa the Persian capital One can only imagine what his fate was photo credit marfis75 Greek historian Herodotus father of history writing lived a mere 75 years later and wrote about this momentous event He relates how the Persian king sent off an army of 50 000 soldiers no less to destroy the oracle located in the Siwa Oasis It is alleged that the oracle had predicted the king s downfall and Cambyses was having none of it Yet the oracle proved to be right The army never reached its destination and was swallowed up by the desert Cambyses did eventually bite the dust as well in 522 B C Then the sands of time and the desert covered up the story of the army that set off to destroy the oracle Eventually it was relegated to the realm of legend Numerous expeditions were launched to find it but without success Until Until relatively recent discoveries in the desert now seem to have located the unfortunate Persian army Relatively recent indeed it appears that for the last 13 years two Italian brothers Angelo and Alfredo Castiglioni undertook five expeditions in search of Cambyses troops They claim they have found good evidence of Persian era and Persian style military gear in the Egyptian desert The media are buzzing with the news Numerous online videos have popped up on the subject showing the Italian and Egyptian teams working at a rock shelter in the desert and finding Persian arrow heads a partial sword or dagger and bits and pieces of horse gear Is this

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