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Moving Pictures and Mummifies Dinosaurs: Events This Week At HMNS
August 20, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

Film Screening – The Hound of the Baskervilles with Warren Chaney Tuesday, August 21, 2018 – 6:30 PM Running Time: 2 hours The original 1939 “The Hound of the Baskervilles” kicked off the legendary Sherlock Holmes films. Produced by 20th Century Fox, it starred Basil Rathbone who went on to appear in 13 more films. This […]

Our Marine Biologist Stephanie Reviews “The Meg”
August 17, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

My Thoughts on “The Meg” by Stephanie, the non-fictional Marie Biologist   Caution!! This contains Spoilers!!   Don’t get mad at me if you read this before watching the movie.  I warned you.     -First and foremost. Megalodons are extinct….. -No shark will continue to try to eat the metal hull of a submarine […]

The BananApocolypse: It’s Real, It’s Scary; It’s Real Scary
August 15, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

Attention Readers! Please play this song as you read this blog. You will not regret it.   You hear that? It is the Gabriel’s horn of the banana world. The chiming of the yellow berry’s (yes, it’s actually a berry, not a fruit)  doomsday clock. Titled “Yes! We Have No Bananas” the song puts to […]

The Sherlock Party From Outer Space: HMNS Happenings This Week
August 13, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

Lecture – Grand Tour of the Universe—Updated with the Latest Discoveries by Carolyn Sumners The new release of “Passport to the Universe” contains spectacular, never-before-seen views of the observable Universe in large format. Dr. Carolyn Sumners, HMNS VP of Astronomy, will provide an update on these latest images and what they reveal. Highlights include our […]

Venomous, Poisonous, Dangerous: Our New Outreach Programs Take A Bite Of Popular Misconceptions About Animals
August 10, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

Kids crack me up. I’m a Wildlife on Wheels outreach presenter for HMNS, which means I regularly visit schools, daycares and other groups to educate the public about all sorts of animals. Throughout the years I have met multiple children who claim to have anacondas in their backyards, pet crocodiles in their pools, or tigers in […]

The Most Cringe-Worthy Movie Moments For A Museum Employee
August 8, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

Summer is coming to a close and as we busily prepare for the start of the school year and the launch of our Beyond Bones podcast (be sure to look out for that next month) it seems like a good time to have a little fun. So here’s a list of the most cringe-worthy moments […]

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HOW TO: Pin a Butterfly

courtney · August 17, 2018, 9:30 am

Thanks for the tips! So for a butterfly. Are there any preservation methods that need to be done? I found a dead butterfly and have it in the freezer now, but not sure what to do afterwards.

The Battle of the Beard: Tut’s shave stirs controversy

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Beach Bugs!

Erin M. · August 13, 2018, 12:16 pm

Hello Barbara! Unfortunately, I can't really make any determinations from the description " small black lively creatures"! IF there are any more details you can give me, that would be helpful. Was it salt water? brackish water? how big were they? did they have 6 legs? etc!

HMNS Stargazer’s Guide To The Perseid Meteor Shower And Other Celestial Happenings This Month

Cameron Waggett · August 8, 2018, 4:01 pm

Excellent post, James - thanks!

What would YOU ask a Paleontologist?

Lynn R. Allen · August 6, 2018, 2:24 pm

I am strongly attracted to Therapsids as human progenitors, and am somewhat concerned by paleontologists who want to roll back the origins of Mammals to the Triassic when they are clearly referring to wooly therapsids! Yes, Therapsids survived the Permian Extinction, then were overpowered by larger therapods who were NOT "mammal-like" (a horrible misnomer). But live-birthing mammals arose in the Jurassic, many years later. Live birth was a characteristic of ichthyosaurs, which is provable, and probably other animals as well, but NOT therapsids, so far as anyone knows (if it were, I will gladly stand down, with proof). I will go even farther here--Monotremes like Platypus and Echidna--which still lay eggs--are most probably the last remaining therapsids on earth! If live birth is not a characteristic of either mammal or marsupial, we should throw the whole category in the wastebasket! I know that scientific argument is the heart and soul of Doctoral Theories, but big words and obfuscation does not a valid argument make! I also realize that small mammals, like birds. are often eaten whole and do not leave many fossils. But I think somebody Important once said, "The present is the key to the past" or it might have been the other way around! Either way, Mammals do not lay eggs, and Monotremes are the last survivors of the therapsids!

This Dino Toy’s All Wrong! What’s Up With That!?

Austin Brown · July 28, 2018, 5:56 am

Now you have gone and done it James. The real challenge now is for you to design a line of morphologically correct dinosaurs, unless you have already done so in the two years since your original post.

Beach Bugs!

Barbara Savage · July 26, 2018, 3:38 pm

I cannot seem to find any information on these little critters... I saw in the ocean down in fl we have a beach with a vast ecosystem the kids saw a lot on our trip, but as he was playing trying to peak at some small sand crabs in shells and the size of a penny that were nesting under one of the giant rocks in shallow water I noticed a giant bird lol eating small fish about 30 feet down from a similar body of water and then decided to get closer up to him along the rockside come to find out he had his feet deep in water with a giant crab hanging out nesting 2 feet away from his little feet I quickly told him he could visit the crabs but not bother them as I got him up I observed some icky water in his bucket with some small black lively creatures swimming in his bucket and also grouped together on the waters surface and I am still uncertain I can not find anything about it??

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