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  • Behind the Scenes: HMNS Greenhouses [12 Days of HMNS] | BEYONDbones
    are stunning But have you ever wondered about the exotic plants they land on The botanists and volunteers at the Butterfly Center spend much of their time nurturing the plants that the butterflies eat and live on and much care is taken to ensure that their habitat is both healthy and representative of the rainforest environment to which the butterflies are native If you ve visited the Butterfly Center you know the plants there are healthy hearty and adult So where do they grow up I am so glad you asked In the video below you can see for yourself as Butterfly Center Director Nancy Greig takes you on a behind the scenes tour of the Museum s greenhouses Need to catch up The First Day of HMNS Explore Snow Science The Second Day of HMNS Preview The Chronicles of Narnia Exhibition The Third Day of HMNS Preview Disney s A Christmas Carol The Fourth Day of HMNS Investigate The Star of Bethlehem The Fifth Day of HMNS Shop The Perfect Gift The Sixth Day of HMNS Marvel Faberge The Seventh Day of HMNS Glimpse Spirits Headhunters Get into the holiday spirit Visit our 12 Days of HMNS web site

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2009/12/behind-the-scenes-hmns-greenhouses-12-days-of-hmns/ (2016-02-12)
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  • 100 Years – 100 Objects: Bodmer Print | BEYONDbones
    selection of behind the scenes curiosities we will post the image and description of a new object every few days This description is from Dirk the museum s curator of anthropology He s chosen a selection of objects that represent human cultures throughout time and around the world that we ll be sharing here and at 100 hmns org throughout the year Bodmer print showing American Indian dancer When studying American Indian culture the drawings made by Karl Bodmer 1808 1893 are of great importance This Hidatsa warrior is wearing a headdress identifying him as a member of the Dog Soldier Society Items like these provide us with context essential to come to a better understanding of the objects in the collection In this case the print is on display next to a case holding a similar headdress 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

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2009/12/100-years-100-objects-bodmer-print/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Glimpse: Spirits & Headhunters [12 Days of HMNS] | BEYONDbones
    here like Genghis Khan or the Terra Cotta Warriors present objects from long dead cultures and the wonder comes from the experience of coming face to face with artifacts that were created so long ago And when you walk through our current Spirits Headhunters exhibition and contemplate the absolute beauty of the vibrant intricate feather art and objects on display it s easy to forget that the cultures that created these works are very much alive though also fast disappearing Learn more from Adam Mekler associate curator for Amazonia who believes When a culture disappears I think an aspect of all humanity disappears Click play to explore the exhibit and discover these vanishing worlds Need to catch up The First Day of HMNS Explore Snow Science The Second Day of HMNS Preview The Chronicles of Narnia Exhibition The Third Day of HMNS Preview Disney s A Christmas Carol The Fourth Day of HMNS Investigate The Star of Bethlehem The Fifth Day of HMNS Shop The Perfect Gift The Sixth Day of HMNS Marvel Faberge Get into the holiday spirit Visit our 12 Days of HMNS web site to see the videos and get more information about each event exhibit and

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2009/12/glimpse-spirits-headhunters-12-days-of-hmns/ (2016-02-12)
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  • 100 Years – 100 Objects: Trilobites | BEYONDbones
    from David Temple the museum s curator of paleontology He s chosen a selection of objects that represent the most fascinating fossils in the Museum s collections that we ll be sharing here and at 100 hmns org throughout the year Trilobites Homotelus bromidensis Ordovician Bromide Formation Criner Hills Oklahoma First appearing 530 million years ago during the Cambrian Period trilobites flourished in shallow seas for 290 million years placing them among the most successful of early complex life forms Today fossilized trilobites are popular with collectors because they are abundant often well preserved and occur in a wide variety of forms Trilobites were among the first animals to have hard body parts and easily recognizable eyes While most trilobites were on the order of several centimeters long a few species reached lengths of over half a meter Wander among prehistoric beasts in the Paleontology Hall 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 Paleontology and tagged 100 years 100

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2009/12/100-years-100-objects-trilobites/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Marvel: Faberge [12 Days of HMNS] | BEYONDbones
    won t tell Of the 12 videos we produced this is my favorite our President and curator of Gems and Minerals Joel Bartsch gave us a behind the scenes look at the Empress Josephine Tiara now on display in the excellent Faberge exhibit and it is STUNNING Plus it has a really cool story behind it Click play to see for yourself Need to catch up The First Day of HMNS Explore Snow Science The Second Day of HMNS Preview The Chronicles of Narnia Exhibition The Third Day of HMNS Preview Disney s A Christmas Carol The Fourth Day of HMNS Investigate The Star of Bethlehem The Fifth Day of HMNS Shop The Perfect Gift Get into the holiday spirit Visit our 12 Days of HMNS web site to see the videos and get more information about each event exhibit and film 12days hmns org Happy Holidays 1 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged 12 days of HMNS briolette diamonds carl faberge czars diamonds empress josephine tiara enormous diamonds Faberge fine diamonds HMNS houston museum of natural science imperial gifts imperial jeweler jewel jewelry design russian empire russian imperial sixth day of HMNS tiara tsar alexander

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2009/12/marvel-faberge-12-days-of-hmns/ (2016-02-12)
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  • 100 years – 100 Objects: Jamaican Giant Swallowtail | BEYONDbones
    new object every few days This description is from Nancy the museum s director of the Cockrell Butterfly Center and curator of entomology She s chosen a selection of objects that represent the rarest and most interesting insects in the Museum s collections that we ll be sharing here and at 100 hmns org throughout the year Jamaican Giant Swallowtail Papilio homerus This swallowtail species endemic to the island of Jamaica is the largest butterfly in the western hemisphere Today it occurs only in two small isolated populations of tropical rainforest and is considered endangered We have two males and a female in our collection Learn more about moths and their relatives in a visit to the new Brown Hall of Entomology a part of the Cockrell Butterfly Center a living walk through rainforest 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 Plants Insects and tagged 100 years 100 objects bugs butterflies entomology Giant Swallowtail HMNS moths papilio homerus preserving artifacts preserving objects

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2009/12/100-years-100-objects-jamaican-giant-swallowtail/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Shop: The Perfect Gift [12 Days of HMNS] | BEYONDbones
    has something for everyone on your list from science geeks to fashion plates Plus we ve got a 10 off coupon good through Dec 25 Click here to check out some of the cool stuff we have in store and here for the coupon Get the latest look for your favorite fashionista without breaking the bank such as jeweled bib style necklaces and feather earrings For the dinosaur lover win a roar of approval with Dino Soles high tops dinosaur footprints included In this video browse through some of Jennifer s favorite selections now available in store for the holiday season and pick the perfect gift for everyone on your list Click play to follow Jennifer chief buyer for the Museum Stores as she shows off her selections for the perfect gift Need to catch up The First Day of HMNS Explore Snow Science The Second Day of HMNS Preview The Chronicles of Narnia Exhibition The Third Day of HMNS Preview Disney s A Christmas Carol The Fourth Day of HMNS Investigate The Star of Bethlehem Get into the holiday spirit Visit our 12 Days of HMNS web site to see the videos and get more information about each event

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2009/12/shop-the-perfect-gift-12-days-of-hmns/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Of gomphotheres, early American Indians, the Lazarus effect and the end of the world | BEYONDbones
    some sort of human interaction with gomphotheres in North America What in the world is a gomphothere Think of gomphotheres as a type of early elephant but a strange looking one Imagine an elephant sized animal with a trunk and tusks pointing straight forward Then add to that picture a lower jaw with two protruding teeth and voilà you have a pretty good idea of what our gomphothere looks like When were they supposed to have been around Considered to have been the most successful and diverse group of Elephants or Proboscideans these animals thrived during the late Miocene 9 8 million years ago and the Pliocene 5 3 1 8 million years ago The traditional wisdom up until recently was that their North American representatives survived the longest in Florida Lazarus effect With dates like these it would appear then that the jolly pachyderms disappeared about 1 788 million years give or take a few thousand years before the earliest humans started walking around in North America The recent discoveries made at El fin del Mundo upended this conventional wisdom Animals considered long gone by the time of the arrival of the first Americans now seems to have survived until that point in time Resurrected from the dead as one scientist intimated The site got its foreboding name because of its very remote location on a ranch in the Rio Sonora watershed However being remote is a relative term Once the news breaks it is no longer a secret and people will find their way to the site That is why scientists waited for two years to announce their discovery This gave them ample time to get a good start on the work that needs to be done According to Dr Vance Holliday a University of Arizona anthropologist this

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2009/12/of-gomphotheres-early-american-indians-the-lazarus-effect-and-the-end-of-the-world/ (2016-02-12)
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