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  • Neandertals Speak Out | BEYONDbones
    Martinville You can listen to that clip pre dating Thomas Edison s famous recording of Mary had a little lamb by seventeen years Scientists have always been intrigued about when modern speech developed and have tried various approaches to substantiate the presence of such linguistic ability The ability to vocalize and ultimately speak like us is one of several traits that make us humans stand apart from non human animals The challenge remains how can we reconstruct speech among our distant ancestors As it turns out there are several ways of pursuing this Among these approaches are reconstructing the voice box of our ancestors to see if they would have been able to expel the same amount of air as modern humans and therefore would have been able to speak like us An extremely fragile bone known as the hyoid It has multiple functions among them supporting the tongue and serving as an attachment point for several muscles that help to elevate the larynx during swallowing and speech As most murder mystery fans already know medical examiners always look at this bone to find evidence of strangulation We also have a good understanding of which part of the modern human brain controls speech Take for example Broca s area one of the regions in the modern brain linked to our ability to speak In very rare cases endocasts of early hominid brains are preserved By looking at the same regions of these fossilized brain casts scientists can make suggestions about past speech abilities With breakthroughs in genomic studies we have come to understand some of the genetic markers that control speech in modern humans DNA extracted from earlier hominids has been checked for the presence of these markers and assertions follow about the linguistic abilities of these earlier humans Most

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/04/neandertals-speak-out/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Neon Leon: Highlighting da Vinci’s Genius | BEYONDbones
    at our Family Festival Neon Leon Highlighting da Vinci s Genius on April 26th Leonardo s interests were incredibly diverse so we have devised a plethora of activities that reflect the fun side of his pursuits Show off your artistic side in our Chalk Block Battle Royale fly a helicopter break codes build a parachute write calligraphy learn about Italy and the Renaissance and taste some cool and creamy gelato

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  • Looking Back… | BEYONDbones
    in 1981 Can you hear me now On April 27th 2002 NASA made its last successful reception of telemetry with space probe Pioneer 10 before the signal was lost The space probe was launched in 1972 and sent back the first close up images of Jupiter in 1973 In 1983 the probe drifted past the orbit of the last planet in our solar system which happened to be Neptune at the time photo credit geishaboy500 Does anybody really know what time it is According to the Gregorian calendar at 10 40 A M on April 28th of 1902 the world experienced its one billionth minute since the year zero Where does the time go On April 30th 1993 CERN opened the internet to the world at large stating that it would be free to the public On May 1st 1955 a polio vaccine was made available to the public for the very first time Developed by Jonas Salk this vaccine put an end to the crippling disease that plagued infants throught the late 19th and early 20th centuries 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged CERN guillotine NASA pioneer 10 polio Science by Steven Bookmark the

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/04/looking-back-2/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Walking in the Footsteps of Dimetrodons | BEYONDbones
    for invertebrates for years but nothing could prepare me for the experience I was about to have We were in the field on a very blustery day and after hours of digging and removing dirt I happened upon a large curve This can t be more Caliche I thought and not sure of what I had found I called Dr Bakker renowned paleontologist and leader of the Seymour expedition over to take a look You can t imagine the adrenaline that was flowing as he excitedly replied Wow This is worthy of display and casting I had uncovered a large humerus bone from a Dimetrodon Not only was I a newbie I was hooked I was not the only one to unearth an ancient fossil The discoveries of our mammal like ancestors were uncovered by members of the entire team throughout the week This was my most exciting find ever Every evening after dinner we gathered around the table to recap our day and finds The discussions were in depth and thought provoking to say the least What I found in these discussions was not just the bones we had been searching for but also the mystery of how often Dimetrodon ate how he lived and how he spent his last days While in the field I could visualize these massive creatures roaming the hills Don t get me wrong the excavation is a real rush but there is so much more than just the dig It is the sharing of theories and ideas with the team and learning about these giant 292 million year old Dimetrodon as I literally walk in the footsteps of these incredible animals Michele Whisenhunt 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Paleontology and tagged Dimetrodon dinosaurs excavation Paleontology by Steven Bookmark the permalink

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  • Lucy loves Houston – and she’s not leaving. Yet. | BEYONDbones
    so please leave a comment on this post if you have a moment If not be sure to visit this summer the exhibit is is scheduled to open at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle on Oct 4 so no more extensions 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Lucy s Legacy and tagged africa Anthropology ethiopia exhibit Lucy pacific science center Science seattle 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 12 thoughts on Lucy loves Houston and she s not leaving Yet Dan on May 18 2008 at 6 23 am said Erin Thank you for the information I ve had the pleasure of visiting the your museum s Lucy Exhibit and I was very impressed HMNH has done a fine job of introducing the public to the rich culture of Ethiopia Most of my family could not make the trip to Houston however so please let us know what the schedule is for the Lucy Exhibit what cities and dates throughout the US Finally I am grateful that the museum s exhibit of Lucy was tasteful and reverential Isn t this appropriate for an ancient family member Well done Dan Virginia USA Erin on May 18 2008 at 8 20 pm said Hi Dan Thanks for leaving a comment and for traveling all the way to Houston to see Lucy I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed the exhibition and that you like the way in which the exhibition is presented I will certainly pass that on to our curators and exhibition design staff they all worked very hard on bringing Lucy to Houston After her stay here she moves on to the Pacific Science Center in Seattle from Oct 4 through March 8 2009 We are still working with other museums around the country to finalize the remainder of her 6 year tour and we will certainly post that information here so check back Thank you again for visiting the exhibition and our blog I hope we ll see you in at least one of these places again soon Erin TJ on May 28 2008 at 4 50 pm said I went to see the exhibit on the very first day it opened I was absolutely amazing I was so pleased to see so much information and so many artifacts from Ethiopia as there is more to Africa than Egypt I hope it will come close to Atlanta so I can take my cultural anthropolgy class Barbara on April 9 2009 at 8 30 pm said I was fortunate enough to see the Lucy exibit in Seattle and found it breathtaking I have not been able to find any further information on other exhibit sites I travel a lot and would plan a trip if I knew when and where Lucy will

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  • Science Doesn’t Sleep (4.23.08) | BEYONDbones
    of Aragon had laid off the plum pudding Henry could ve avoided that whole Anne Boleyn debacle New evidence suggests that a child s gender is associated with the mother s diet A new map of the Gulf has just been published that may help us predict where hurricanes will make landfall much earlier giving us that much more time to sit stranded on I 45 Our first contact with aliens might not be a carbon based occasion Stephen Hawking made a prediction about the likelihood of humanity surviving our intial contact with extraterrestrial life at NASA s 50th anniversary this past Monday In short the aliens may come in peace but their microbes will probably kill us anyway Geology students hit the mother lode or why you should keep studying science kids Geology com points us to news that geology grads are making 80K year right out of school 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged aliens bambi geology history hurricane nature 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

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/04/science-doesnt-sleep-42308/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Mammal on Board | BEYONDbones
    how she was getting along The next picture is her answer to their question While she seems to feel secure inside the pouch so much so I often have difficulty getting her out she takes intrusion very seriously A typical opossum reaction and yet friends find her adorable She is what we like to call spunky Who dares intrude upon my solitude Opossum extraction during quality time I have also been transporting her home with me much to my dog s dismay what another mammal and spending quality time in the bathtub As escape artists go STOs are some of the best but the bathtub is fairly escape proof That s not to say she hasn t surprised me She once used the drain chain to climb up to the edge opposable digits are awesome Here is a picture of me left during quality time composing my blog no less I ve just removed her from a new hiding place up my pant leg It tickles Thankfully it s the leg bent at the knee otherwise I m sure the little critter would have hiked up further One of her favorite raceways is up and down my head After some free range time it is more pouch training complete with treats and then she s raring to go for a full night of fun Me on the other hand I m off to bed 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Zoology and tagged animals opossum Zoology by Christine Bookmark the permalink About Christine Christine manages the live animal collection teaches weekday dissection labs and summer camp classes and presents Wildlife on Wheels programs It has been said that she is usually carrying something interesting View all posts by Christine 4 thoughts on Mammal on Board Carmen on April

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/04/mammals/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Starting Off With a Big Bang – Naturally | BEYONDbones
    kind so pretty much everyone But that is exactly the point as this blog is not intended to be a font of irrefutable truths but rather an informal forum for interesting opinions and a starting point for conversation In any case the universe was born and all matter and energy came into existence photo credit Space Ritual Some 8 to 10 billion years after the universe as we know it was set into motion our own sun formed in the Milky Way galaxy and has ever since then been supplying Earth with a steady stream of energy from direct forms such as the sun s rays warming the atmosphere to indirect forms such as photosynthesis in which plants convert solar radiation into stored chemical energy Photosynthesis incidentally is the ultimate source of the energy in all fossil fuels so any licensed driver better know about it For an interactive look at the basics of photosynthesis click over to this site courtesy of the clever people at the PBS show Nova As a bonus the explanatory text uses the common measure rhyme scheme Of course for the best three minute tour from the Big Bang to the stuff that eventually turned into overpriced gasoline for your Hummer visit the 18 screen video wall at the entrance to the Wiess Energy Hall here at the Houston Museum of Natural Science Humans have been using energy as long as they have been human starting with the conversion of the caloric content of food into work a change of chemical energy into kinetic energy For an excellent primer on all forms of energy check out the following link to our very own U S Department of Energy Although designed for kids it s a great overview for anyone And so let the blogging begin

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