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  • Scars or Trophies? | BEYONDbones
    We make simulated scars and blisters in camp You probably remember some conversation on the bus at lunch or on the playground about this or that scar or showing off your latest scab or even cooler stitches truly the most revered of scars Some of us have to think back to middle school for stories some only as far as college I have some good stories and I have some I d rather not share There are of course some mistakes I d rather not make Maybe you heard some of these nuggets of wisdom from your parents look both ways before crossing a street wear oven mitts when taking muffins out of an oven use snake handling equipment when working with venomous snakes You know basic stuff common sense even So long as a lesson is learned scars remind me of my mistakes and how much I have grown since receiving them I was bit by a dog as a kid and have a scar on my forehead My mom says I asked if I could keep the bit of flesh they cleaned out ew really I recall lifting my bandages to show off the stitches Well it was cool at the time Some scars we blush to remember like I had seven stitches in my finger from cutting the cheese to hear my brother tell it Totally embarrassing and now I remember to use the right tool for the job cheese slicer yes large carving knife no I still like to tell funnier versions of what really happened to explain most of my scars Like the song says always look on the bright side of life In other words make mistakes learn from them and share Um no 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Zoology and

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  • Update: Mystery Skeleton | BEYONDbones
    is ruined yet I have dumped out the water rinsed the bones and filled the tub with FRESH water so as to encourage the bacteria to finish the job The soaking of bones to let bactierial critters do the dirty work is called maceration I also moved the bones to the backyard It seemed prudent as we already have a reputation in the neighborhood for being really weird One of the biggest problems apparently with mounted skeletons is that they need to be degreased The fatty tissue inside the marrow oozes out over time if it isn t taken care of at the beginning The leaking isn t harmful to the bones and in fact several museums chose to leave the tissue inside the bones so that they don t get brittle over time The problem with this is that the bones may need to be cleaned of a sticky residue which collects dust and then causes the bones to look dirty photo credit Saveena AKA LHDugger While Dave is gone the next two weeks in Malta I think I will try some of the other finishing techniques chemical and see if I can t get the bone cleaned and laid out We ll see I am also having Kat order some dermestid beetle larvae for me to see about cleaning a mummified bull frog skeleton Note If you are for whatever reason feeling inspired by this post to go make your own skeletons please do some research If left to thier own devices Dermestid beetles for example will destroy everything in your home Lee Post as well as several other preparators are willing to advise you 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Education and tagged bones canid Education museum skeleton by Nicole Bookmark the permalink About Nicole

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  • A weekend in the land of Giants | BEYONDbones
    dollars you too can drive your car through the tree it seems like a pretty good money making scheme but it was worth every penny to see those amazing trees When I visit major metropolitan areas in the country I always think to myself that Houstonians are so lucky with all of the terrific trees we have lining our streets in the heart of the city when other cities have miles of lifeless concrete but we have nothing on the overwhelming nature of the Pacific coast It really looks like there were just a series of awkward roads carved out among the scenery but otherwise completely wild the ferns in the redwood forest are so dense you d think some sort of prehistoric creature would be around any corner Chandelier Drive Thru Tree Leggett CA In Fort Bragg near the town hall they have displayed a slice of a tree that was cut down in 1943 and at that time was the largest redwood tree known to have grown in Mendocino County The information on the tree notes that it took a 22 foot saw and 60 man hours to fall the tree Not a job I would sign up to do Coastal Redwoods really only appear on the Pacific Northwest coast of the US in a pretty concentrated area After talking with some woodworkers and observing some of the damaged trees along the road in the forest it is clear that while redwoods are very large they splinter easily and would be difficult to work with in terms of furniture but they are incredibly rot resistant The ability to resist rotting along the coast where salty wind is constantly hitting you means that the redwoods are able to thrive and the rot resistant quality of the lumber makes it

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  • Blog Contest! What’s YOUR Greatest Adventure? | BEYONDbones
    it was truly a life changing experience Doesn t it look like he s roaring Actually he s yawning If you look you can see the lionesses lying down with their heads turned away from the camera If they were actually feeling threatened by our presence they would be rounding up the baby lions for protection they are very used to the jeeps that bring people into the habitat to observe their lifestyle These experiences the ones that change our habits and perceptions are a part of growing up and our continuing education as we move through our life s journey Here at the Houston Museum of Natural Science we believe that part of education is sharing your experience with others so we re instituting a giant game of Show and Tell Do you have a Great Adventure that s inspired you and changed your life Share it with us You can write an essay 600 words or less submit a photo slideshow with captions or a narrated video or all three we love creativity and we re open to pretty much anything that we can post here Send it to blogadmin hmns org You have until noon on June 27 2008 And now for the best part of any contest drumroll please the following prizes will be awarded to the two most well versed and meaningful submissions Winner ages 18 and under a private screening of Grand Canyon Adventure 3D River at Risk for you and 50 of your closest friends Winner ages 19 and over a 300 gift card to REI and twenty passes to see Grand Canyon Adventure 3D River at Risk So get crackin We can t wait to see where you ve been and what it taught you View contest rules here Did you know

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  • Fossil Hunting | BEYONDbones
    any heavy digging it was all just preliminary stuff to show the people from Houston what had been found so far After discovering the Marco site the first site we went to was a microsite near where Leonardo was found in 2000 This microsite contained many small bones but was also full of raptor teeth and claws We spent about an hour there while we were up on the hill digging a herd of cows surrounded our cars David Temple had a great time mooing at them and driving them away from our vehicles Scatter David herds the cows away When cows attack The cows gather around our cars angry that we have brought no hay The next site we went to next was called Swan Point The dig site was on a rock outcrop hanging off the side of a hill Mark David Bakker and Tim climbed down to work on removing fossils while Erin and I took photos from above The rock was probably 150 feet in the air and was only a few feet wide These guys really love their dinosaurs Working on a small ledge on a big cliff that rock Mark is sitting on seems like it could crack off the cliffside any minute Same ledge but the changed camera angle makes the cliff seem so much safer it almost looks like he s sitting on a rock that s on the ground The last site we went to that day was Quarlesensis This last site had a dinosaur skull that had claw marks in it The site also had hundreds of bone fragments from a duckbilled dinosaur We stayed at Quarlesensis until the sun began to set and we decided to call it a day What a great first day out four sites and

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  • Meteorites and Meteor-wrongs | BEYONDbones
    magnetic could you please give me your opinion within a mail botzma yahoo com jose n sarah on September 8 2011 at 4 55 pm said i know i found a meteorite its a normal rock like one magnetic n brownish colors n one thats is made of a differnt type of metal probaly nickle real heavy with what apears to be shock wave like formations on the surface email me sarahsohrabian yahoo com Brandon Gayle on September 15 2011 at 6 10 am said I have what I think is a meteorite It is extremely dense has small porous openings that have shiny surfaces inside It looks almost identical to the kamennoo meteorite that can b found on google images Tried to cut i with a bandsaw with tngsten carbide blade and took every tooth off blade managed to cut less than an eight inch Brand new blade It is non magnetic and doesn t pick metal up with a high end metal detector It has an outer gem that is witish yellowish mayby olivine I don t know kamennoo meteorite search only brings up pic and the rest in german I think Can anybody help E mail me BrandonG504 yahoo com Richie on March 13 2012 at 11 41 am said Hi there I have a weird rock stone that I found while walking through a bush track 12 years ago I forgot all about it until I went through some old storage boxes and there it was I remember too why I picked it up I heard a very strange thud on the ground and there seemed to be like some sort of weird trail like a skid mark and then this rock at the end of it I have a picture of it you can view it here http s1048 photobucket com albums s361 Ryuknite It seems heavier than it looks it fits in the palm of my hand yet I cannot hold it for very long because of it s weight Also I tried your magnetic test it is only slightly magnetic shows a little browning on the rock but not much more like a gold colour than brown and has a weird shape to it No holes is very dark coloured and quite smooth Caroline on March 14 2012 at 10 31 am said Hi Richie We are on it We ll email you if we re able to ID your stone Cheers Caroline Richie on March 17 2012 at 2 47 pm said Ok Thanks Caroline Also I ll take more pictures of it in the sunlight and will post it on here If you need a sample I ll try chipping some off the rock and will send it just email me the details I really would like to know what this rock is MelissaD on April 20 2012 at 10 18 am said There is a large heart shaped brown and white rocks look melted together to make the heart shape photobucket com album5 p594 MelissaAD chris on July 7 2012 at 2 50 am said i really dont think that everything he says about what a METEORITE would all be what is said on here i mean think about it the universe is a big place with billions and billions of different types of rocks floating out there and not all are going too have the same stuff in them so magnitic or not holes or not colors or not does not mean it is or is not a METEORITE think about it lol i found something in my yard that was not there afew days ago but it was there when i found it i dont live near volcanos so thats out i dont live close enuff too plants or factorys and there is nothing else in the yard that even comes close too what this looks like it looks like it has been melted its got colors in it that i seen in pics of METEORITES that i googled its pretty lite waight and it has holes in it but not all the way through it so honestly i do not know what it is that i found but if it is a METEORITE i wish i could get alot of money for it lol Michael on October 27 2012 at 5 12 pm said I have read your report on your theory of how you believe but in the law of physics the meteorite right before it enters the atmosphere it hits an outer layer of ice water before it hits the ground so you see it does appear that your theory is incorrect Thank You Sam Hobbs on November 23 2012 at 1 34 pm said I found a rock that is heavy for its size It is about 2 inches by 1 inch It is like the ones on the left it is as black as the top left one It is not magnetic or at least not very magnetic If it has a fusion crust then I cannot detect that So it is probably not a meteorite Can you suggest somewhere in the Los Angeles area to take it to The California State University CSUN is the most convenient for us Would the Griffith Park Observatory be good Thank you lexis p on April 9 2013 at 6 28 pm said im 14 years old and found this rock by the great salt lake in utah by the salt palace and salt palace boating docks it passed all the tests but i still dont know wether its a meteorite or a rock im supposed to identify a rock for science but when i googled igneous rocks i found nothing like it until this website showed up it is magnetic so i know its obviously got metal it is also kindof rusting because i washed it to get allthe dirt off so i could be sure about the color i need as much info about

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  • Sky High Delivery! News from the greenhouse | BEYONDbones
    available to lay their eggs upon while they are visiting us The Caterpillar has formed a chyrsalis photo credit Don Johnson And that is just what this Swallowtail did She lighted upon the leaves of our potted Camphor Tree Cinnamomum camphora and in doing so she triggered hormones from the pads of her feet that let her know this is the food source for her offspring To our delight she delivered to us her brood of eggs During the first few weeks of life the caterpillar of this specific butterfly takes on the beneficial camoflauge of bird droppings After a few weeks the larvae or caterpillar boasts a beautiful green covering with artificial eye spots outlined in black resting within a background coloring of creamy yellow In order to hide out during the day and feast at night the caterpillar spins silk in a back and forth motion across the midrib of the upper side of the leaf This silk causes the leaf to curl up around their bodies protecting them from predators during the day The caterpillar turns yellow before pupation Photo credit Don Johnson Other known Host Plants of the Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly are the Sassafras Tree Sassafras albidum Red Bay Persea borbonia and the Sweet Bay Magnolia virginiana Spciebush Swallowtail Butterfly photo credit Benimoto It never ceases to amaze me that these delicate creatures find their way up here to the seventh floor of the parking garage amidst all the concrete and stone They leave their gifts of life to us another beautiful butterfly family to carry on and inspire us with their sense of wonder 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Plants Insects Science and tagged butterflies camphor tree Caterpillar caterpillars Cockrell Butterfly Center host plants larvae pupae spicebush swallowtail by Ory Bookmark the

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  • We’re diiiiging in the rain… | BEYONDbones
    they have renovated it to include all of the tools they need large workspaces a huge storage closet a wine refrigerator that houses vinac a glue solution outlets for air drills that are used to pick away at the matrix and much more Right now the Field Station is a mix of display and work in progress but when the Great Plains Museum opens on June 6 it will serve as a permanent home for these fossils as well as Leonardo after his world premiere debut at HMNS A life size model of Leonardo stands guard of the real remains of Roberta another Brachylophosaur So in addition to prospecting this week Dr Bakker is directing the movement of fossils from one place to the other Today we assistied with the documentation and categorizization of what they have in storage from over 10 years of digging here which was quite fun as they were constantly discovering something they hadn t seen in several years like a T rex brain case essentially a natural cast of the inside of a skull and we got to hear the stories of discovery and excavation We ll share more video soon Dr Bakker Mark and Tim going through stored fossils to identify them and analyze their significance within the planned displays at the new Great Plains Museum A closeup of Roberta s ribcage Dave and Kathy are examining some fossils in storage to record them before the move later this week 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Paleontology and tagged brachylophosaur discovery field station fossils HMNS leonardo marco montana Paleontology rain roberta 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

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