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A New “Lady” in Town, Part I: Why Priscilla the mastodon isn’t a mammoth at all
May 3, 2012 · 2 Comments

“It’s the biggest gosh darn mastodon I ever saw! Wowzah!” Yes, that’s a direct quote. It wouldn’t be a lie to say it’s hard to surprise our esteemed Dr. Bob Bakker, Curator of Paleontology. (That would be me.) But Priscilla did it. “It’s H-U-G-E ! You could fit a Diplodocus torso inside this rib cage!” […]

100 Years – 100 Objects: Black Diamond
May 1, 2009 · Be The First To Comment

The Houston Museum of Natural Science was founded in 1909 – meaning that the curators of the Houston Museum of Natural Science have been collecting and preserving natural and cultural treasures for a hundred years now. For this yearlong series, our current curators have chosen one hundred exceptional objects from the Museum’s immense storehouse of […]

Science Doesn’t Sleep (8.19.08)
August 19, 2008 · Be The First To Comment

He really knows himself. photo credit: robertpaulyoung So here’s what went down after you logged off. I reflect, therefore, I am: commonly known in elephants, dolphins and great apes, self-recognition has long been deemed a key determinate of advanced cognitive abilities in animals. Now, we’ve discovered that magpies can do it. Back to school: kids […]

Science Doesn’t Sleep (8.14.08)
August 14, 2008 · 1 Comment

Nutritous and delicious. photo credit: Steve Navarro So here’s what went down after you logged off. For the 2008 Olympians, what’s nutritious and delicious? Powdered apple peel. Humans and wild elephants in Indonesia have come into repeated conflict over habitat – resulting in property losses for humans and deaths of wild elephants. So, locals have developed […]



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