Running, walking, hopping or even slithering - the movements of animals across the landscape are captured in the tracks they leave behind. Some tracks last only a few moments and others become fossils that endure for millions of years. Steps in Stone, Walking Through Time is a new exhibition that features real fossil tracks and trackways from the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History collections.
Interactive exhibits invite children and adults alike to explore how animals, from insects to dinosaurs, moved across the earth, how their tracks became fossils, and how we study tracks to learn more about ancient landscapes and animals.
The exhibit features never before exhibited trackway fossils collected by paleontologist Martin Lockley, recently retired from the University of Colorado-Denver.
Catherine Chalmers is a multi-media artist whose work focuses on the complex relationship between nature and culture. Using video, photography, drawing and sculpture, her work aims to give form to the richness, as well as the brutality and indifference that often characterize our connection with animals. She uses art as a medium to explore and expand her involvement with nature and to discover a way to broaden the cultural significance of the non-human world.
This exhibit highlights some of the Museum's extensive collection of Asian artifacts. The focus of the exhibit is on swords and blades and other armaments used by Samurai warriors, primarily from the 17th Century.
This exhibit aims to educate the public about the emerging science of evolutionary developmental biology, commonly shortened to “evo devo”. Dan Medeiros, Ph.D., a researcher who focuses on evo devo here at the University of Colorado, explains “Evo Devo tries to understand a fundamental question – how does evolution create new things? How do this force of nature, shaping life on the planet, work at fundamental levels?”
CondorWatch is a new citizen science program which hopes to improve understanding of the California condor and reduce some of the dangers to its existence. The project asks volunteers to look at photographs of condors, identify the tag number of each condor, and describe behaviors that are easily observed to give researchers a peek into the social networks of these iconic birds.
Notes from Nature is a transcription project allowing people just like you to sit down (or stand up) right now and start digitizing collections from more than 200 institutions. Until now many of these collections have only been accessible in person.
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