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  • A major step forward – 40,000 years ago | BEYONDbones
    the Americas As outlined in this earlier blog most of the evidence pointing to human presence pre dating the so called Clovis people pushes the boundaries back by perhaps one thousand years While that is certainly nothing to sneeze at what would you say to those who are proposing to push the arrival of humans in the Americas back to 40 000 years ago almost 30 000 years earlier than Clovis Now there is something to chew on photo credit BradWright79 Reports coming out of Central Mexico over the last few years have referred to fossilized footprints preserved in volcanic ash in that region The research team that made the initial discovery in 2003 was led by Silvia Gonzalez who works at the John Moores University JMU in Liverpool That year she was visiting a site at Cerro Toluquilla in the Valsequillo Basin located near Puebla about 100km southeast of Mexico City What caught people s attention was the date associated with these footprints they were said to be 40 000 years old Such a notion of great antiquity has ensured great attendance at scientific meetings If this early date is accepted it will blow the Clovis First hypothesis clean out of the water However when these findings were first published the dates were dismissed as improbable and wrong going back instead to no less than 1 3 million years ago Some even suggested that the footprints were not in fact footprints but pure geological phenomena that just happened to look like a footprint This is where things remained for a few years at least to outsiders I am sure that the researchers involved in the project remained intensely interested in the dates and whether or not we were looking at real human footprints or else just tricks Mother Nature

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  • I want candy! (boom boom boom ba-dum boom) | BEYONDbones
    sounds to me like a good time Happy sorting 12 326 0 This entry was posted in Education and tagged biology candy candy cells dichotomous keys edible cells geometry jolly ranchers Latin marine biology naturalist organ reese s Science smarties taxonomy 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 25 thoughts on I want candy boom boom boom ba dum boom Eydie on June 4 2008 at 10 28 am said Chris I didn t realize that I had been eating all your dichotomous keys Sorry Donna on June 4 2008 at 1 25 pm said Christine This is very clever What an innovative way to teach a topic most of us have trouble grasping Dee on June 5 2008 at 9 19 am said This is very interesting thank you Daneila on November 3 2008 at 4 19 pm said Thanks this is a good idea just one question when we eat it will it taste odd with toast on the bottom because i have project to do like this and i want to either make a cake plant cell or a candy plant cell Christine on November 3 2008 at 5 06 pm said Thanks Daneila I used regular bread at home but you could just as easily use a big sugar cookie and frosting as the cytosol I have seen pictures of round cake sized cells that were very impressive or even the pizza style version vegetables can be cut into lots of different shapes But if you are making a class sized cell that everyone can have a slice of you might try visiting a giant cookie vendor and ordering it without decorations the chocolate chips in the cookie could even be protein gates embedded within the membrane not to scale but still inventive I hope you have fun with the project and I would love to see a picture A Classroom on April 30 2009 at 6 58 pm said Thank you this helped me so much when i had to teach 2nd graders and im in 7th grade this was soo very helpful thanks again chole on September 11 2010 at 9 05 am said how does this help Class 12 on May 7 2011 at 1 58 pm said Is your cell model 3d Class 12 on May 7 2011 at 5 10 pm said Oh also what did you use for the rough ER Christine on May 9 2011 at 10 29 am said Thank you for your questions The assumption with this particular model is that the cell has been cut open to see the interior organelles So in that sense it is a 3D model but with only one point of view As for the endoplasmic reticulum I used Bubble Tape in this model I

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  • Girls ROCK! No, really, they do… | BEYONDbones
    woman wasn t bad enough she was also quite poor and collected and sold fossils to help support her family Mary slogged around day after day under unstable cliffs at low tide searching for fossils that washed out of the cliff walls She was almost crushed several times by falling boulders which ended up killing her dog What a commitment it must have taken to persevere When Mary was only 12 years old she carried out the excavation of the world s first ichthyosaur all by herself What an accomplishment I think she s my new favorite science girl Girls and boys I want to hear who your favorite science girl is Let s get your comments 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science by Kat Bookmark the permalink About Kat Kat has been both the spokesperson for the CSI The Experience exhibit and project manager for the Imperial Rome exhibit and has a love of all things historical and cultural She is responsible for the Xplorations summer camp program coordinating weekday labs during the school year writing department curriculum and presenting at teacher trainings Kat has worked at the Museum since 1996 View all posts by Kat 3 thoughts on Girls ROCK No really they do Jessica on June 3 2008 at 9 59 am said Mary Leakey is definitely my favorite science girl Great anthropologist archaeologist Steven on June 3 2008 at 10 41 am said I think I am going to have to go with Agnodice According to ancient sources she was the first midwife physician mentioned in history in Ancient Greece She supposedly dates back to 3rd or 4th century BC She challenged the law that women couldn t practice medicine Inda on June 3 2008 at 3 37 pm said Well Kat you

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  • Go stargazing! June edition | BEYONDbones
    will be up all night long Venus is lost in the Sun s glare and will remain out of sight through the end of the summer On June 8 Venus is directly behind the Sun an alignment called superior conjunction photo credit Image Editor The brightest star in the sky tonight is Arcturus which you can find by extending the arc of the Big Dipper s handle arc to Arcturus Arcturus the fourth brightest star we see at night is the brightest star left since the top three are not visible in Houston in June The Big Dipper happens to be near its highest point above the North Star at dusk this month In the east look for the enormous Summer Triangle consisting of the stars Deneb Vega and Altair This triangle is up all night long in June and July hence its name photo credit uhuru1701 Scorpius the Scorpion is in the southeast at dusk Sagittarius the Archer known for its teapot asterism rises just after dusk on June 1 but is up by nightfall on June 30 Moon Phases in June 2008 New June 3 2 23 pm 1st Quarter June 10 10 02 am Full June 18 12 30 pm Last Quarter June 26 7 10 pm At 6 59 pm on Friday June 20 the Sun is overhead on the Tropic of Cancer the most northerly latitude at which the Sun can be overhead This is the moment of the summer solstice the official start of summer For anyone in the Northern Hemisphere June 20 has more daylight than any other day this year In the Southern Hemisphere June 20 marks the winter solstice and is the shortest day of the year However the earliest sunrise occurs ten days before the solstice on June 10 while

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  • You heard it here first… | BEYONDbones
    that was written by Eric Newhouse of the Great Falls Tribune who visited us on site From the article It was exciting said Cowan 22 Mark Australian paleontologist Mark Thompson now working with the Great Plains Dinosaur Museum said they appeared to be ribs He came back and found a scapula shoulder bone and a few other tendons showing in the rock About 10 feet away we found another bone jutting out of the rock Based on the position the head may have fallen off and rolled down the hill but we re hoping that the legs and torso are still in the stone Read more about Steven s discovery of the new dig site Marco in his recent blog post and about the exciting events of the Museum s week in Malta here The Chronicle also featured news of the Leonardo exhibit and the transfer of fossils from the Dinosaur Field Station to the new Great Plains Dinosaur Museum Fascinating stuff be sure to check back soon more photos and video from the week are coming 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged brachylophosaur dinosaur dinosaur field station exhibit great falls tribune great plains dinosaur

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  • The study of dinosaurs and the modern world | BEYONDbones
    one The changing climate that we experience today might be something that reminds researchers of other cycles of climate changes years ago Whether it was an asteroid climate changes changes in the earth s gravity or any of the other explanations that have been offered there is a direct relevance to our lives today Sometimes if we want to know what is possible or what might happen we have to learn about what has already happened It is an important scientific goal to investigate various possibilities If Antarctica was once a snow free continent it might be snow free again If there are dinosaur fossils found on different continents with similar heritages it certainly helps us imagine the globe very differently than its modern structure People all over the world have the tendency to imagine the reality they know as the only possibility it is thanks to the study of dinosaurs and natural history that we can open our minds to very different realities The less knowledge we have the more reluctant we are to admit changes that are happening and that will continue to happen The Buddhist call it the recognition of impermanence and attribute a lot of importance to it They believe it is vital to the process of becoming more aware of the impermanence of ourselves and helps us become less ego centered In fact the whole theory of there being no self says just that we are all just a flow of events and changes that never starts and never ends It works for the whole picture as well Few subjects in the Earth sciences are as fascinating to the public as dinosaurs The study of dinosaurs stretches our imaginations gives us new perspectives on time and space and invites us to discover worlds very different

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  • Take a step back in time with The Chromatics | BEYONDbones
    He Man action figures and thought She Ra looked just a bit like I would when I got older Big Wheels and bicycles with streamers were the way to go and sidewalk chalk was all you needed to build a city photo credit Xurble With your pink portable tape player Debbie Gibson sang backup to you and everyone wanted a skirt like the Material Girl and a glove just like Michael Jackson s Today we are the ones who sing along with Bruce Springsteen and The Bangles perfectly We recite lines with the Ghostbusters and still look to the Goonies for a great adventure We flip through TV stations and stop at the A Team Knight Rider and Fame We laugh with the Cosby show Family Ties Punky Brewster and Different Strokes What you talkin bout Willis We are the ones who read Nancy Drew the Hardy Boys the Bobbsey Twins Beverly Cleary Richard Scary and the Electric Company Frienship bracelets were ties you couldn t break and friendship pins went on shoes preferably hightop Velcro Reebox and pegged jeans were in as were Units belts layered socks jean jackets charm necklaces side ponytails and just tails Rave was a girl s best friend braces with rubber bands made you cool T he backdoor was always open and Mom only served red Kool Aid to the neighborhood kids Entertainment was cheap and lasted for hours Come and relive the Eighties this Friday night from 6 10pm for just 15 ticket as we get radical with The Chromatics cool out in the IMAX explore the rocks and geodes of Geopalooza and be the boss on the dance floor Don t miss out on the best dance party in Houston with a ticket price straight out of another decade Mixers Elixirs IMAX

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  • Science Doesn’t Sleep (7.31.08) | BEYONDbones
    the date of the Olympic Games Well they were looking for human remains Puerto Rican police found bones and possible artifacts from a colonial era ship George Jetson here we come NASA is offering 300 000 to the first person who develops a Personal Air Vehicle And it s got to be green How can you tell your pants are really fancy They tell you whether you might fall soon The Chronicle has a new evolution blog Evo Sphere It has absolutely nothing to do with science well he did teach computer tech but if you haven t seen Randy Pauch s The Last Lecture you really should UPDATE Science won t be sleeping next week but I will be Vacation Have no fear though we ve got lots of other very cool posts planned for all of next week so please check back and as always leave us a comment to let us know what you think SDS returns Aug 11 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged blog Chronicle colonial era ship colonialism evo sphere evolution fancy pants george jetson houston chronicle Jetsons last lecture PAV personal air vehicle popsci randy pausch SciGuy the

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