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Monday Museum Fact
January 23, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

  Archaeologist have identified “transgender” coffins. In eras of economic hardship, coffins would be reused by basically taking the original mummy out, laying it aside, and putting someone else in. If the new occupant was a different sex from the original, artists would alter the coffin, taking off beards and adding or subtracting breasts so […]

HMNS Weekly Happenings
January 23, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

Lecture – Field Guide to Prehistoric Mammals by Donald Prothero     Complete with full-color reconstructions of the beasts–many never before depicted–along with photographs of amazing fossils from around the world, Dr. Donald Prothero will take us on a journey to the Paleocene, 65 million years ago after the mass extinction of the dinosaurs. Here […]

Mapping Texas!
January 21, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

  Texas is a state with a real personality. She is a larger than life character, recognizable across the world. No matter where you go, if you say you are from Texas, people will know exactly what you are referring to.  Texas is America’s Han Solo, John Wayne, and Indiana Jones all rolled into one. […]

What In The World Are They Doing? Visions Of The Black Drink
January 19, 2017 · 1 Comment

  When people walk through our permanent exhibit halls, sometimes they come upon an object that makes them think “what in the world are they doing?“. It can be two fossilized skeletons posed in an unusual arrangement, or an artifact with a strange ritual depicted on it. This article is the second in a weekly […]

HMNS Outreach is Building a Better World—Literally!
January 15, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

  Education is our primary mission at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, and we are committed to providing high-quality scientific experiences to children everywhere through our Outreach Programs. After all, the future scientists and engineers of the world are all over it! There’s no better way to get a jump start on a STEM […]

#CitizenScience – Join our Butterfly Experiment!
January 13, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

Have you seen a numbered butterfly in the Cockrell Butterfly Center today? We’re doing a longevity study to see how long the butterflies in our center are living. If you see a butterfly with a number on it, snap a picture and post it on Instagram with the tag #CBCStudy so that we can see it! […]

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A Study in Patience

Andy Gendio · January 23, 2017, 5:32 am

Nicely written. however, I couldn't find a reference to the Sharpie photograph. Did I miss it?

What In The World Are They Doing? Visions Of The Black Drink

Cliff Richey · January 22, 2017, 6:45 pm

The so called "trophy head" is the, historically, well documented gesture sign for a Chieftain.

The Formation and Preservation of the Solnhofen Fossils

Paul · January 22, 2017, 6:58 am

I'm curious. The image for Liodesmus sprattiformis (correct way to write it), is the only one anywhere with this body shape. All other images I can find, and there are many, show an entirely different body shape; more streamlined. Why is this the only one with this shape?

What did Leonardo da Vinci eat?

ronan · January 21, 2017, 7:53 am

i want to be like him

HOW TO: Pin a Butterfly

Valeria · January 9, 2017, 9:58 am

Hi! This article was all very useful! Thanks! I just have a couple of questions. The first one is if the process is exactly the same with moths. And the second one is if they don't need some kind of extra care to last and don't get rotten. Thanks again,

Butterflies and Shutterbugs: Another Fabulous Pixel Party at HMNS

Sharon Elleen · January 9, 2017, 8:15 am

They are all awesome. I am amazed by your works. Thanks for sharing the tips.

Go seek: Take a photo scavenger hunt through our new Hall of Ancient Egypt

Chris · January 4, 2017, 12:26 pm

The scavenger hunts you've requested should be waiting for you in you inbox.

Camille · January 2, 2017, 2:24 pm

My daughter would love to do this activity, so I clicked on the link to print the pages and the link goes nowhere. Could you provide this to me? Also, are there any other photo scavenger hunts for other areas of the museum? We've thought of creating our own for all over the museum, but the photography policy makes that difficult. Thanks, in advance, for your help!

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