Tag Archives: paleontology

Museum Tourist: Museu Blau

Like I said a while ago, my first attempt to get to a natural history museum in Barcelona was not so successful. Tip for future reference: Just because there’s a natural history museum marked on the map, don’t expect to … Continue reading

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museum tourist: la brea tar pits (again)

I was in Los Angeles a few weeks ago and stopped by the La Brea Tar Pits. Yeah, I’ve been there before, but (a) they’re totally cool and (b) my boyfriend had never been. I said pretty much everything I … Continue reading

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dinosaurs on the tree

My Christmas tree has achieved a small measure of fame, appearing in a blog post about dinosaur Christmas tree ornaments on the Smithsonian website. I’ve had a sequined stegosaurus ornament for years and years – that’s the one that made … Continue reading

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museum tourist: national museum, prague (cont.)

The National Museum in Prague had a particularly large number of trilobites. I gather the Czech Republic is rich in them – the rocks that are at the surface there must be from an era when trilobites ruled the seas. … Continue reading

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museum tourist: national museum, prague

Cases and cases of minerals. Stuffed animal skins. Grand staircases. This, my friends, is what a natural history museum should be. It’s on a hill at the end of Wenceslas Square in Prague, in the Czech Republic, and I was … Continue reading

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origins of life

A story I worked on for nearly a year is finally out in Smithsonian. It’s about the origins of life. We’re talking way, way, way back, billions of years, to the time when Earth was rock and water and a … Continue reading

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animal-like fossils from a really long time ago

Last week I reported on some strange rocks from South Australia that may preserve the oldest animal fossils. Or may not. Ok, nobody knows. But they look kind of like animals. Read about it here. I like that the function … Continue reading

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knitted stegosaurus

I do a heck of a lot of knitting, most of it not really suited for a work blog. But I feel this is legitimate science and paleontology and…oh, cmon, look how cute this little guy is: The pattern is … Continue reading

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museum tourist: denver museum of nature and science

I took the occasion of a visit to Colorado last week to drop in on the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. The building opened in 1908, which is positively ancient for Colorado. And like any self-respecting natural history museum, … Continue reading

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museum tourist: american museum of natural history

I went to nerd heaven on Wednesday. I was in New York for a meeting, so I decided this was my big chance to see the American Museum of Natural History. This is the museum that scientists from New York … Continue reading

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