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  • Corpse Flower Watch: Day 14 & 15 | BEYONDbones
    morning we were surprised to see that she has grown another 0 25 inches Yesterday there was no growth at all so we thought growth was totally stopped Additionally her circumference increased to 37 5 inches an increase of 0 5 inches since yesterday Her outer foliage is getting increasingly wavy and separated from the central spadix but she won t start officially blooming until that top part comes away

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  • Archaeopteryx and Friends | BEYONDbones
    the very harshest conditions but there is only one type on this island The last surviving remnant of this group is the New Zealand Tuatara a very strange beast It has a double row of teeth on the upper jaw and a single row below The teeth are just projections of the jaw bone Another feature that can also be seen in fossils is there is a hole in the top of the skull for a third eye Today the third eye is non functional but I bet it was in the far past Our exhibit has a whole collection of these lizards that lived on land and they look a lot like modern lizards BUT there are also two specimens with vastly more ribs and tail vertebrae as if the creature occupied the niche of eels but eels with legs This is another transitional form adapting to marine life but retaining some of the features of land animals Tuatara family lizard living on land If you look at the specimen in Room 13 with a magnifier and a light you can SEE the place where the third eye was Horseshoe Crab We can make up a story about our horseshoe that s so sad that you will want to cry Envision a little horseshoe crab bumbling around the shallow water eating little things from the mud A wave crashed in and washed the crab out beyond the fringing reef of the Solnhofen sea The crab landed on the bottom on his back it swam top side down struggled to turn over and made marks in the soft sediment The crab was very tough but the environment did not provide any oxygen and the hypersaline water burned its gills It tried moving but things did not get better The current rolled some empty ammonite shells on the bottom making tire track like track marks The crab turned again and things did not get better The crisp mark made by its dragging tail became a dashed line on the bottom as it tried to swim out of there but it could not Finally it stopped trying and died Today we can see the whole narrative on 30 feet of rock Squids Normally paleontologists do not find much evidence of squids because they do not have many hard parts The Solnhofen seabottom however preserves nearly everything One fossil has a long cuttlebone like internal shell stiffening its soft mantle tissue wings on the outside Another of the squid fossils shows hooks on its arms that show up as lines in the tentacle area for snagging prey It even has a modern relative that was given the extreme name Vampyroteuthis infernalis or Vampire Squid from Hell It dives thousands of feet down in the sea is red in color has huge blue eyes and use photophores to confuse preditors but it is only a few inches long and eats shrimp Squid show its pen and soft parts These are only a few of

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  • Funky Town! A Playlist for our Favorite Stinky Plant | BEYONDbones
    getting ready to bloom but moving very very slowly her playlist continues to grow Justin JVConcep the brains behind the development of this playlist for Lois got these extra submissions via Twitter and wanted to share Super Freak Rick James Title says it all Requested by MaryBenton and we all know there s something about Mary She s a She s a reporter from channel 2 and I m NOT looking to get defriended by her Still waiting on isiahcarey miyashay and alexsanz to submit their requests Someone send them a note Time Won t Let Me The Outsiders stephsparkle says this is the song Zac would dedicate You gotta love the hair in the video at the link and you know we all love Zac for tending to Lois Stand and Deliver Adam Ant Suggested by coconutwireless Lois is standing tall not quite Yao Ming but will she deliver Hmmmm Smells Like Teen Spirit Nirvana Because Lois has spirit and ncibrooke and mgengelbach are ready to smell it Da Funk Daft Punk Suggested by allison326 because she wants to see Lois pop and lock and drop it like it s hot while blooming Ultra Funk Los Amigos Invisibles Because Lois is an international kinda flower She attracts all kinds of FUNK No discrimination here Thank you to everyone who has submitted titles for Lois playlist These updated songs were suggested by marybenton stephsparkle ncibrooke mgengelbach allison326 An updated photo for an updated playlist Lois continues to develop You can see a full set of photos of her growth on Flickr 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Plants Insects and tagged lois by Erin B Bookmark the permalink About Erin B Erin is the Director of Business Development at HMNS In a past life she was a public relations and online marketing dynamo at HMNS View all posts by Erin B 15 thoughts on Funky Town A Playlist for our Favorite Stinky Plant marie on July 13 2010 at 7 52 pm said Erin Does Zac plan on pollinating Lois Marie AnnaMaria on July 13 2010 at 11 42 pm said Hey make t shirts that say I smell dead people HMNS with a picture of a corpse flower ShannAn Lawson on July 14 2010 at 7 16 am said HAHAH Dead Skunk is my favorite it is one of my Daddy s favorite songs I am excited to see what she looks like today Hurry and post some pictures Erin F on July 14 2010 at 9 35 am said Hi Marie We do not plan to pollinate Lois since that would cause the flower to close up right away we want it to be open for as many people to see her as possible Nick K on July 14 2010 at 10 12 am said I just wanted to inform you in case you cared that the song Code Blue by T S O L has subject matter that may not be deemed appropriate for the

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  • Corpse Flower Watch: Day 13 | BEYONDbones
    at 9 36 am said Hi Brian Yes there are normally less visitors late at night and early in the morning She s making progress but it s really hard to say when the bloom will occur We re crossing our fingers for this afternoon Brian on July 14 2010 at 9 51 am said If I m wanting to see a full bloom should I plan for this evening or tomorrow Erin F on July 14 2010 at 10 24 am said I m so sorry I just can t say I would say to be safe come tomorrow That way if she blooms today she ll still be open carol ritter on July 14 2010 at 1 41 pm said So c mon already Give it up Lois Don t be shy Maybe all the CO2 from the non stop visitors has you upset Brian on July 14 2010 at 4 54 pm said With it being 4 5 inches from fully separating what is the current prediction Erin F on July 15 2010 at 8 17 am said Hopefully this afternoon Lois on July 15 2010 at 10 30 am said How did you choose the name And why couldn t it just be called Corpie if it has to have a name Erin F on July 15 2010 at 10 36 am said Hi Lois We named the corpse flower Lois in honor of an employee s mother Erin Lois on July 15 2010 at 10 48 am said Since you say it is beautiful I guess it needs a biblical name Brian on July 15 2010 at 12 18 pm said With it unexpectedly growing a bit taller and a bit wider is a blooming today very possible I remember reading that it first stops

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  • VIDEO: The Latest On Lois [Corpse Flower] | BEYONDbones
    much water does she get daily Collectonian on July 13 2010 at 12 00 pm said I know you guys are all anxious but I must admit I m hoping Lois holds out a little longer so she will still be in bloom when we come up there this Saturday Stephanie on July 13 2010 at 12 06 pm said Hi just a question how long will we be able to view Lois bloom after she opens I won t be able to get up there til Saturday morning and hope the flower will still be open I know it ll probably have already started to die and the smell will be bad but I just don t want to go if there will be nothing to see Erin F on July 13 2010 at 2 20 pm said Hi Stephanie We re not really sure but the bloom typically lasts 1 2 days The smell lasts only 8 12 hours though Erin F on July 13 2010 at 2 21 pm said Hi Robin Lois gets about a gallon of water a day It might not seem like much compared to her size but she apparently prefers a pretty dry environment Erin F on July 13 2010 at 2 24 pm said It should be back now Brian on July 13 2010 at 2 28 pm said What can I expect to see at 9 10 tonight if she is indeed beginning to bloom right now Erin F on July 13 2010 at 3 11 pm said Hi Brian We can t say exactly it s a waiting game We think she is blooming but if so it s the very early stages and it s going slowly Sorry I can t be more help but we just don

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  • Corpse Flower Watch: Day 12 | BEYONDbones
    Watch until after Lois has bloomed come by any time to see her You can get tickets here The bracts have fallen See a full set of photos of the Corpse Flower s growth here Date Height July 1 31 July 2 34 July 3 37 July 4 41 July 5 45 July 6 49 July 7 53 July 8 57 July 9 60 July 10 62 July 11 63 5 July 12 64 25 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Plants Insects and tagged amorphophallus titanum corpse flower endangered evolution horticulture lois rare flower by Erin B Bookmark the permalink About Erin B Erin is the Director of Business Development at HMNS In a past life she was a public relations and online marketing dynamo at HMNS View all posts by Erin B 7 thoughts on Corpse Flower Watch Day 12 TSR on July 12 2010 at 3 35 pm said I live very nearby and am becoming quite obsessed with watching Lois So I think the around the clock idea is great thanks Rebecca on July 12 2010 at 4 57 pm said I would love to see what type of phytoliths this plant produces that bract would be a perfect part to check Debra on July 12 2010 at 5 45 pm said So is it blooming stinking yet I haven t seen an update published since morning and the webcam is a lost cause for me Erin F on July 12 2010 at 6 18 pm said Hi Debra Not stinking yet but it may be on it s way to blooming check out our latest video http vimeo com 13282463 Zac S on July 12 2010 at 7 42 pm said Hi Rebecca Thats a great idea I ll save the bracts and

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  • Corpse Flower Watch: Day 11 | BEYONDbones
    webcam too much When the flower begins to open how long does the process take i e if I see more unfurling around the center stalk on the live feed how long before the flower is wide open and laying out in full circumference Brian on July 11 2010 at 6 22 pm said I see from the webcam that it has not bloomed yet What is the current prediction now N Vogel on July 11 2010 at 6 38 pm said The webcam is not operating I was watching earlier just fine Now it is just a blank screen What is going on I m not able to get to HMNS in person I am relying on the webcam to keep updated Please check it out and get it running again Thank you Rebecca on July 11 2010 at 8 32 pm said I am a palynologist at BP and member of the American Association of Palynology I am very interested in obtaining a sample of the pollen from the plant for the CENEX Center for Excellence in Palynology collection that is housed at Louisiana State University Is there anyway to get a small sample What we typically do is mount the pollen on a small microscope slide This would be a spectacular addition to the collection Thanks Erin F on July 11 2010 at 10 06 pm said Hi Rebecca I will forward this request and your contact info to our butterfly center staff I am sure they will be in touch with you Erin F on July 11 2010 at 10 11 pm said Hello So sorry about that The webcam was down briefly due to overwhelming traffic to watch it We ve reduced the size of the feed that shows in an effort to let more people view it simultaneously Please let us know if it works for you know Also you can follow updates at the sites below we re posting information photos and video as Lois develops http blog hmns org tag lois http www flickr com photos hmns sets 72157624313053793 http vimeo com album 253744 Erin F on July 11 2010 at 10 12 pm said Hi Brian We are thinking tomorrow afternoon it seems that the bract the leaf that is currently bent over in half in the front is hanging on by only a thread Most other corpse flowers have bloomed as soon as the bract falls off and typically in the afternoon Crossing our fingers Erin F on July 11 2010 at 10 13 pm said Hi Scott I ve heard that it can take anywhere from 3 8 hours to completely unfurl once it begins Carol on July 12 2010 at 2 35 am said I was at the museum today and I am checking on Lois progress I am planning to come by there again Monday afternoon if she has opened can t get your blog to work chris on July 12 2010 at 6 38 am said

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  • Corpse Flower Watch: Day 10 | BEYONDbones
    am so glad to hear it Thanks for letting us know how it is working for you Emily on July 10 2010 at 8 33 pm said This is really pretty thrilling considering we are all watching a plant Is the museum considering extending hours if Lois blooms later tomorrow Erin F on July 10 2010 at 9 15 pm said Yes If she starts blooming tomorrow we are prepared to stay open late Call 713 639 4629 before you come to make sure we re open Brian on July 10 2010 at 9 46 pm said Where is the corpse flower displayed in the grand hall or in the butterfly center Brian on July 10 2010 at 9 52 pm said I saw pictures in the chronicle with lois in the grand hall and then now pictures recently with her in the butterfly center The live webcam looks like the butterfly center Emily on July 10 2010 at 10 00 pm said Will do Erin Thanks Brian O Brien on July 11 2010 at 1 48 am said I ll be watching Thanks for the updates It will be very interesting to see what happens when public visitation starts We re gearing up for our upcoming flowering Jill R Moffitt on July 11 2010 at 8 31 am said The Mac Plug in works Yes Erin F on July 11 2010 at 8 33 am said Hi Brian Lois is in the Butterfly Center in the second floor lobby between the rainforest area and the insect exhibits As far as I know she s been in there since we first moved her out of the greenhouses last weekend But if you ve got a link showing her in the Grand Hall I d love to see it Hope to see you here we re thinking Lois will flower tonight Michelle on July 11 2010 at 8 42 am said Apologies in advance if this has been asked a million times already but I just found out about this last night Once Lois blooms how long do we have to see it A day An hour Two days Jill R Moffitt on July 11 2010 at 8 56 am said for etee try rebooting I get a reasonable video stream on my mac that updates about every 10 20 seconds Very pixelated but I just saw David and Nicole there Erin F on July 11 2010 at 8 58 am said Hi Michelle no worries Once Lois blooms she ll likely be open for 1 2 days But she will only smell for 8 12 hours Hope to see you here scottF on July 11 2010 at 9 45 am said Erin will we be able to get my Mom in there in her wheelchair to see this Today is her birthday and we are planning on coming down later today or tomorrow We can t wait to see Lois Erin F on July 11 2010 at 9 56 am

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