All posts tagged with museums

Tending museums through the crisis

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Atlas Obscura has an article by Jessica Leigh Hester looking at how curators and staff are tending museum collections and infrastructure while hallways are e...

Dinosaur property war

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Phillip Pantuso of the Guardian reports on the legal battle over the ownership of significant dinosaur fossils: “Perhaps the best dinosaur fossil ever discov...

A human evolution exhibit in Israel

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The biological anthropologist Israel Hershkovitz has a nice essay in Nature discussing a new exhibit at the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History’s Dan David ...

Micro-museums, cabinets of curiosities

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On the subject of natural history museums changing for the future, this update from the Simons Foundation is fascinating: “Science Sandbox: The changing face...

Brexit fears affecting U.K. archaeologists

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I have no political position on the impending departure of Britain from the European Union. Nevertheless, I wanted to point to this article in The Guardian t...

‘Museum of Man’ to change name

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This came across my feed this morning: “San Diego Museum of Man In Balboa Park Wants Your Help Deciding New Name”.

Photo: Sangiran Museum

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The museum and research center at Sangiran, Indonesia is capped by a large copper conical roof. The surrounding countryside is the source of Early and Middle...

Link: Announcement of Homo naledi

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Last week Lee Berger and our team announced the first series of findings from the Rising Star Expedition and subsequent analyses of the hominin fossil remain...

Link: Touring the new facsimile of Chauvet

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Smithsonian Magazine sent Joshua Hammer to tour the new facsimile recreation of Chauvet Cave, which is called Caverne du Pont d’Arc: “Finally, the Beauty of ...

The Field Museum beetle colony

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The Chicago Tribune sent reporter Christopher Borrelli to the Field Museum to see how bodies are reduced to skeletons: “Inside the Field Museum’s hidden fles...

The brains behind an exhibition

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Sara Perry writing on Savage Minds, this time with an interesting historical story about the Wellcome Collection’s recent “Brains: Mind as Matter” exhibition...

Lucy returns to public display in California

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The Orange County Register covers the final exhibition of the famous “Lucy” skeleton in the United States, at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California: “Fa...

"Modern man"

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On the subject of Homo erectus reconstructions, here’s a famous clip:

Photo: Laetoli footprints

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Every museum that does early hominins has to find a way to present the Laetoli footprints, and I’ve seen some very imaginative ones. The new exhibition at th...

Photo: Daynes Homo erectus reconstruction

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Here’s a closeup of the reconstruction of Homo erectus by Elisabeth Dayns, again at the new exhibition of the Natural History Museum, Vienna:

Photo: Qafzeh 11 and Qafzeh 9

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This week I’ve been at the Vienna Natural History Museum to do some work. It’s one of the great museums of the world, and they have a new human evolution exh...

The great world CT-scanning tour

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The international version of Der Spiegel is running an English-language profile of the traveling CT-scan project from Jean-Jacques Hublin and the Max-Planck ...

AMNH Leakey-Johanson event

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The American Museum of Natural History has arranged an event featuring Richard Leakey and Don Johanson, which is happening tomorrow evening: “Human Evolution...

Brain slice art

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Artist Noah Scalin gets a play date at the Mutter Museum, and here’s what he does:

Red beds

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I’ve been browsing the Smithsonian’s</i> website supporting their Human Origins hall. There’s a nice feature about the archaeological work at Olorgesai...

NAGPRA rule revision

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Rex Dalton reports on changes to the federal implementation rules of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act: “Rule poses threat to museum...

New Smithsonian human origins hall

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Thanks to all those readers who sent me links to the new human origins hall at the National Museum of Natural History, in Washington D.C. The NY Times’ Edwar...

Museums decentering the human

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A very interesting essay by Edward Rothstein in the NY Times special museum section: “The thrill of science, tamed by agendas”.

Krapina Neandertal museum

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Reuters correspondent Zoran Radosavljevic reports on the recent opening of the new museum at Krapina, Croatia. The museum is devoted to Neandertals, and repr...

"A sort of bovine contentment"

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Smithsonian magazine has a feature highlighting the fleshed-out hominin reconstructions of John Gurche (“A Closer Look at Evolutionary Faces”).

A Sterkfontein visit

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After this week’s description of the new public accessibility of the Dmanisi site, a reader sends a link to a tour of Sterkfontein by The Guardian’s David Sm...

A Dmanisi visit

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Nature this week is running a short review of a visit to Dmanisi by journalist Katharine Barnes (Pay link):

My Leiden adventure

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I’ve just returned from a week in Leiden, the old university city of the Netherlands. I was a guest of the archaeology faculty, in particular Wil Roebroeks a...

Mailbag: The Lucy exhibit

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Well, my husband and I braved Times Square and went to the exhibit a week ago Sunday. The streets were packed, it was hot and humid -- and in the Discovery...

Fossil access editorial

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The editors of Scientific American offer arguments for greater data and public access to fossils in their current (September 2009) issue: “Fossils for All: S...

Legacy hominids

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Brian Switek reviews the “Lucy’s Legacy” exhibit, now in New York:

Lucy Seattle review

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The NY Times has a review of the Pacific Science Center’s Lucy experience, which came to an end this week. They’re blaming the financial loss on Obama:

P. T. Barnum's gorilla

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In the course of my research for the ape strength article, I ran across an old piece from The Atlantic Monthly, in which Alexander Young gives a long satire ...

Penn museum evolution review

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Another review of the evolution exhibit at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, this time a long piece by Julia Klein in th...