Sunday, January 31, 2010

Our Visit to the Amherst College Museum of Natural History

Today, we visited the Amherst College Museum of Natural History. Fun and free. They have dinosaurs, dinosaur tracks, many fossils, a minerals collection, and exhibits about the local geology. The museum is free.

We saw a mastodon and a mammoth.

We saw a creature with antlers so large that it threw survival of the fittest into question. (Why would an animal have antlers so large if they didn't seem to serve a survival purpose? It was decided they are related to mating.)

There was a tyrannosaurus rex, Seth's favorite.

And a triceratops, my favorite.

There was a turtle that fossilized in his shell. These old-tyme turtles couldn't retract their heads into their shell.

There was a room full of fossil tracks.

There was a meteorite. We touched something from space!

I loved the donor wall. I especially loved Pliny Moody and then Plinius Moody. Excellent names! Thank you for your gift of $25.

While her parents were away, Lily relaxed in the sun.

Fun times were had by all!

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