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Monkey business
December 19, 2007 · Be The First To Comment

 When asked their opinion about human evolution, some people will answer: “I cannot accept that we came from monkeys.” We should all agree with that sentiment. Humans are no monkeys. But we are part of the Primate Order. In an earlier blog  I wrote about Carl von Linné to  and his way of classifying plants and […]

What kingdom are you from?
December 13, 2007 · Be The First To Comment

We’ve seen how Carl Linnaeus’s system classifies Lucy. How is the classification that refers to her different from the one that refers to us? Applied to humans, a Linnaean chart could be filled out in the following way. (Notice the prevalence of Greek and Latin terminology.) Domain: Eukaryota – containing all organisms which have cells […]

It’s all Greek to me
December 12, 2007 · Be The First To Comment

The world of science is full of terminology borrowed from dead languages such as Ancient Greek and Latin. This is the natural result of the fact that in the 17th and 18th century scientists tended to use Latin to communicate with each other. While this tradition has now changed in favor of languages that are […]

The final product of evolution
December 7, 2007 · Be The First To Comment

Here is another sobering thought: we are not the final product of evolution. As a species that exists, reproduces and mutates, we too are subject to change over time. So, what can we learn from this week’s discussion (here and here)? I would say several things: First of all, Lucy and her kind have proven […]

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Native American Heritage Month

Dirk Van Tuerenhout · December 1, 2021, 11:24 am

Dear Haereata, Thank you for your kind words. I look forward to the day you visit the museum. Kind regards, Dirk Van Tuerenhout

Haereata Poutapu · November 24, 2021, 3:00 pm

Hi. My name is Haereata and I love the poem. Highly impressed that you will have a permanent Indian exhibition. I am from New Zealand (Aotearoa) and I am an indigenous Māori. My tribe is Waikato who are one of four Iwi (tribe) groups from our ancestral canoe called Tainui. I hope one day to visit the Museum to experience the exhibition. Kind regards.

From Our Collections: a Manangya katsina

Grant Jones · November 15, 2021, 11:37 am

I am looking for the word, s. meaning "Snow dancer" in the Sioux language.

Full Moon | November 2021 Sky Happenings

CAROL RITTER · November 14, 2021, 9:20 am

very interesting! I saw the wonderful event wherein Venus appeared to be in the arms of the new moon (was that a poem by Sir Patrick Spence?) Your picture of the airplane in front of the full moon is dated.


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