Stories tagged museums

Ask a curator

by Liza on Sep. 01st, 2010

It's "ask a curator" day on Twitter.

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SMM curators are in on the action. You can post to Twitter, or leave a question on SMM's Facebook wall.

Even though #askacurator is a special event -- a one-time offer -- EVERY day is "ask us!" day on Science Buzz. So jump into the conversation!

USA Today has an interesting story today about the role museums can play in increasing science literacy in the country. You can read it right here.

I don't think Jeff Foxworthy had anything do to with this, but here's a tale of a pretty smarth fifth-grader in Michigan.

Nov
30
2007

Dinosaurs are lurking everywhere: This photo of a Chinese dinosaur was taken over two years ago at The Pink Palace Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. It was the last roll of 35mm film I ever shot.  I only had it developed this week.
Dinosaurs are lurking everywhere: This photo of a Chinese dinosaur was taken over two years ago at The Pink Palace Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. It was the last roll of 35mm film I ever shot. I only had it developed this week.Courtesy Gene

Three unrelated stories, or a frightening pattern?

A geology student in England discovered a new dinosaur species --
in a museum storeroom.
The fossil had been collected in 1894 but never fully studied.

A scientists in Germany, looking through a museum’s fossil collections, stumbled across a rock slab that captured a shark eating an amphibian, while the amphibian was in the act of eating a fish. Again, the fossil had been lying in a museum cabinet for years before a researcher stumbled across it and recognized its meaning.

Meanwhile, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto rediscovered an 80-foot dinosaur skeleton they forgot they had. A nearly-complete skeleton of a Borosaurus arrived in 1962. But because the museum didn’t have enough space to display it, the bones went into storage, spread over many cabinets until workers lost track of what was where. An employee, looking for skeletons to borrow from other museums, ran across an old newspaper clipping describing the fossil.

So, when your Mom tells you to keep your room clean, there’s a reason – she doesn’t want you to lose any dinosaurs!

Caroline Smith and Gretchen Benedix from the Natural History Museum in London are trekking around the Nullabor Desert in western Australia looking meteorites. Follow along on their meteorite blog.