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  • Mystery Skeleton – Update 3 | BEYONDbones
    was a dog At first I wanted to determine what type of dog it was but I quickly realized that was kind of dumb on my part It was probably a wild dog I wanted to check it out anyway however just to make sure It was going to be fairly crucial to the articulation to make sure I have the right critter so I went to Skulls Unlimited to see what they had for comparison Except for specialty breeds like pugs my skulls and their skulls are a pretty close match As I said in the original post my parents live on a ranch Around their ranch are several packs of wild dogs It is not uncommon for people to shoot at the dogs because they will hunt livestock fight with working dogs and are occasionally rabid To think that this was a wild dog that was shot isn t too far fetched no pun intended I took a look at my vat o bones and considered this theory All the major bones seem to be there leg bones pelvis shoulder blades None of the spinal column bones or the ribs seem to be shattered like a bullet hit them So what this tells me is that this theory might be faulty The skull is smaller than Millie s would be She is a 60 pound dog so she is good sized but not huge I imagine this dog being more in the 35 to 45 pound range The dog would have been more compact a small target It seems logical to conclude that the shooter would have gone for a body shot and it seems nearly impossible that from several yards away he or she wouldn t have hit the dog and shattered several bones So if it

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  • Photo from US: Insect Identification | BEYONDbones
    is incredible Not only do they live for an unbelieveble amount of time their emergences are synchronized creating one of natures greatest phenomenons When an emergence takes place millions of cicadas come out of the ground for several weeks providing food for hundreds of species of birds mammals reptiles and other arthropods These animals feast on cicadas until their bellies are about to pop but they don t even put a dent in the cicada population So many of them die that the forest floor is covered by several inches of decomposing cicada bodies giving the trees a tremendous dose of fertilizer that can only come from such an incredible event This spectacle of nature can be seen in my favorite program ever the Planet Earth series the Seasonal Forests episode These periodical cicadas look much different from the usual annual cicadas They have a black body red eyes and orange veins in their wings This website has a lot of great information about periodical cicadas including an emergence chart which shows when certain broods will emerge next Thanks so much for sending in this picture Chris it spurred such an interesting topic I hope I ve cleared up ya lls misconceptions about cicadas and I hope you find them as amazing as I do photo credit trekkyandy A Periodical Cicada 37 0 0 This entry was posted in Plants Insects and tagged aphids cicada cicadas crickets grasshoppers homoptera insect identification insects katydids locust shells locusts magicicada mealybugs metamorphosis nymphs periodical cicadas whiteflies by Erin M Bookmark the permalink About Erin M As an entomologist at the Cockrell Butterfly Center Erin designs creates and maintains exhibits for the Entomology Hall raises and cares for live insects and insect relatives and educates the public about the wonderful world of bugs View all posts by Erin M 7 thoughts on Photo from US Insect Identification Rachel on June 18 2008 at 12 36 pm said What a great picture I bet you guys have so much fun identifying all the picture people send in One question I thought that the order Homoptera was placed in the order Hemiptera Is this true or not Erin M on June 18 2008 at 2 11 pm said Yes mystery reader recently the powers that be have decided that the order Homoptera should be merged with the order Hemiptera true bugs stink bugs leaf footed bugs assassin bugs etc Since the two orders are very similar However some entomologists like myself prefer to keep them separate I believe that they are different enough to be separated into two distinct orders Plus that s how I learned it in school Robert Terrell on August 23 2009 at 10 15 am said I live a few hundred miles from Seymour Texas in Lubbock Texas That makes me next door by Texas standards LOL The cicadas are very common here of course I ve seen their shells and the live cicadas in trees and flying they don t seem

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  • Dimetrodon sighting | BEYONDbones
    than just digging up bones the team is working to unravel the entire ecosystem of the Permian period as expressed in the Red Beds of North Texas the best beds for fossils of this era in the world It s extremely slow work once a fossil has been found no matter how tiny and some are almost ridiculously miniscule it must be logged mapped into place this information is used for futher study back in the lab and then removed for preservation Significant larger finds are jacketed first with plaster to be excavated further back the museum in Houston or in the Paleo Prep Lab at The Woodlands Xploration Station Carol a teacher from the Houston area assists in mapping a site using a Sharpie to trace their shape on a thin sheet of plastic Later the maps will be scanned into the computer for analysis Once they are digitized the maps will help reconstruct the death events that took place was this fossil a part of one individual or another entirely Was this Dimetrodon tooth shed in the act of eating a Xenacanth shark which will contribute to a better understanding of how these animals related to one another This is a great find a huge Dimetrodon fang one of the largest Dr Bakker has ever seen This photo shows what a fossil from this area looks like when you uncover it now it must be mapped in place before being removed from the site and packaged up and stabilized for the trip back to Houston Once it has been excavated you can see the same fossil fang a bit more clearly If you look closely you can see that the serrated edge of the tooth is preserved and still visible almost 300 million years after this Dimetrodon died

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  • Testing for the Best | BEYONDbones
    I had fun checking out their experiments the past two weeks How long does your chewing gum keep its flavor Does that battery really keep going and going and going Campers smeared fabric in this case socks with chocolate sauce ketchup and more before testing out stain removers They also tested battery life plastered themselves in bandages to see which ones would stick the longest sampled chocolate chip cookies and created an advertising campaign for imaginary products complete with slogans and fine print warnings Here are a few pictures The bandage line up Some results from testing waterproof bandages Ready for a blind folded taste test Working on an ad and simultaneously testing markers The slogan And another group s ad Complete with a warning label After rating many other things microwave popcorn cereal etc on Friday the campers tested several things of their own choosing bouncy balls frozen treats and chocolate bars We re always looking for more ideas so what do you think we should test in July 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Education and tagged advertising bandages batteries blind taste test bouncy ball bubble gum chewing gum consumer reports cookies gum marketing product testing

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  • Mystery Skeleton – Update 2 | BEYONDbones
    how often stuff like that comes up when you work at a science museum Anyway I was telling Dr Bakker who has articulated skeletons before that I was feeling confident ish about the degreasing of the bones but I wasn t sure if it would be better to have an articulated skeleton one where ligaments and whatnot are still attached to help keep the bones in the right order or an disarticulated skeleton each bone is separate and you have to put the puzzle back together After a bit of discussion I decided to go with disarticulated It doesn t seem like it would make that much of a difference but when you consider that there are about a 100 tiny bones in the hands and feet of a canid not to mention the tail bones it felt a little daunting BUT as with most projects I tackle a total lack of knowledge or skill isn t going to stand in my way So back to the hydrogen peroxide Once I decided to go with disarticulated the green bones weren t so daunting Hydrogen peroxide will slowly bubble all the ligaments and meat off the bones but it will also bleach the bones of the grass stains After a good soak I was able to get most of the green off and the cartilage between the vertebrae totally disintegrated Stay tuned for the next exciting installment of Mystery Bone Update 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Education and tagged experiments Science science projects skeletons by Nicole Bookmark the permalink About Nicole Nicole has worked for HMNS in some capacity since 1996 whether part time full time or as a volunteer She taught for seven years in public school including four years in Fort Bend and a short stint

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  • Looking Back… | BEYONDbones
    note Bill Wilson and Dr Bob Smith founded Alcholics Anonymous on June 10th 1935 photo credit steelight Does anybody really know what time it is On June 15th 763 B C the ancient culture known as the Assyrians recorded a solar eclipse Using modern technology astronomers can calculate the exact day the eclipse happened Using this date historians can calculate the time of other events that the Assyrians and other cultures wrote about On June 15th 1667 Dr Jean Baptiste Denys attempted the first human blood transfusion After several doctors had drained a 15 year old boy with fever of blood Dr Denys tried a transfusion using nine ounces of lamb s blood The attempt was unsuccessful photo credit El Garza On June 15th 1752 Benjamin Franklin performed his famous lightening experiment Using a kite a key and a silk thread Franklin proved that lightening was electric However Franklin was not the first scientist to try this experiment The French scientist Thomas Francois Dalibard conducted a similar test just a few weeks before The first Father s day was celerated on June 19th 1910 in Spokane Washington It was started by Sonara Smart Dodd whose father was a single parent of six Historians believe she was also inspired by Anna Jarvis who had started the tradition of Mother s Day just three years before 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged alcholics anonymous anna jarvis assyrians benjamin franklin blood transfusion bourbon elijah craig fathers day history of bourbon jean baptiste denys lightening looking back Mothers Day solar eclipse sonara smart dodd this week in history this week in science thomas francois dalibard by Steven Bookmark the permalink About Steven Steven never dreamed his first job out of college would be in public relations and on top

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  • Photo From You : Insect Identification | BEYONDbones
    this one I cannot see clearly enough to identify the species I can however tell you what it is not I imagine you may be worried that you have found a Brown Recluse Although the body shape color and legs are similar this is not a Brown Recluse Considering the size of the spider my best guess would be some sort of Wolf Spider Wolf Spiders can be large and may look intimidating but they are non agressive and harmless I would like to take this opportunity to share with you guys what we look for in a photo to properly identify your questionable critters Most people know when they come accross a ladybug or a honeybee but odds are if you don t know what the heck it is we re going to have to look very closely at it to identify it Close up photos are best and the clearer the better We d like to tell you the exact species and many times there are very obscure qualities that separate the species from all the rest Many spiders look alike so with these guys we need to be able to see thinge like colors patterns eye arrangement length and arrangement of legs ect If you re not able to get a clear picture or the bug is too small feel free to bring it to the Butterfly Center or mail it We have microscopes keys books and all kinds of other resources here to help us out Right now we are in prime bug time It s hot and everyone is a flutter with activity It is a wonderful time to get outside go for a nice walk and snap some pictures We hope you keep them coming Happy bug watching 0 0 0 This entry was

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  • Little who?!? | BEYONDbones
    you listen to every week at Mixers I have the pleasure of exploring for new talent The moment Little Brother Project starts playing you can tell the crowd is picking up what they re laying down Since I ll see you at Mixers this Friday to listen live to their tunes I present to you a small chat I had with band member Tyson Stargel that will give you a little background that tells you what these guys are really about Jamie Describe your musical style Tyler Funk based Rock band with a mixture of groove and improvisation J Which artists have influenced LBP the most T Phish Bootsy Collins Dennis Chambers and Bob Marley J What are your thoughts about the direction of the music industry today What do you like about it and what do you wish you could change T As with any business you must ride the wave and change your perspective to continue to be successful It will always change What we love about it is expression Lighting up a room of people by hitting that one note that makes everyone focus on the music is very powerful Almost intoxicating We don t really focus much on what we would change We try to focus on what we like not what we don t like J Where in Houston do you go to see live music when you re not performing T Meridian Dan Electro s Last Concert Cafe Warehouse Live Continental Club Rudyard s Engine Room Fitzgerald s Anywhere everywhere I invite you to head out to Mixers Elixirs IMAX this Friday to get a real taste of the heart and soul of this band their music Groove to the funky jamz of Little Brother Project on June 13th from 6 10pm only at

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