Category Archives: Museums

Valley of the Mastodons

VOMLogo2I missed doing a Fossil Friday post last week. But my reason was a good one: that was the opening day for our new exhibit, Valley of the Mastodons! Continue reading

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The role of museums

dscn0334Inspired by Brian Switek’s recent article in Aeon, I was reminded of a post I wrote several years ago for “Updates from the Paleontology Lab” about different types of institutions that describe themselves with the term “museum”. What follows is an updated and edited version of that post.

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Mastodons of Unusual Size – Denver Museum of Nature and Science 


On Thursday Brett, Max, and I made our sixth stop on the “Mastodons of Unusual Size” tour, at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Continue reading

Mastodons of Unusual Size – University of Wyoming

Yesterday we made our fifth stop on the Mastodons of Unusual Size tour, the University of Wyoming Geological Museum in Laramie. Mastodons get increasingly scarce as you move west, but we had hopes that something would turn up in the excellent fossil mammal collections at the Geological Museum. Continue reading

Mastodons of Unusual Size – Joseph Moore Museum


This morning Brett, Max, and I visited the next museum on the “Mastodons of Unusual Size” tour, the Joseph Moore Museum at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. Continue reading

Mastodons of Unusual Size – Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

Brett, Max, and I headed back into Ohio this morning for our next stop on the “Mastodons of Unusual Size” tour; the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton. Continue reading

Mastodons of Unusual Size – Cincinnati Museum of Natural History


After leaving Baton Rouge, Brett and I (accompanied by Max the Mastodon) headed north to our second data collection stop: the Cincinnati Museum of Natural HistoryContinue reading

Mastodons of Unusual Size – LSU

DSCN4662Today Brett and I made our first stop on our experiment.com – funded trip to collect data on mastodon tooth proportions: Louisiana State University. Continue reading

Fossil Friday – Stories from Bones exhibit

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For Fossil Friday this week, I want to highlight Western Science Center’s new exhibit “Stories from Bones”, which opens tomorrow. Continue reading

Fossil Friday – Alamosaurus neck vertebrae

 This week I’ve been attending the annual Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) meeting, which is being held this year in Dallas. SVP usually is held in a city with a natural history museum, and on Wednesday night the local museum will generally host a welcome reception. So for this week’s Fossil Friday I photographed one of the highlights of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science‘s exhibits, the neck of Alamosaurus. Continue reading