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Vintage Nature Illustration Wednesday – Snake

Ophidia I. Tropidonotus natrix Tab 18, by Paul Pfurtscheller

Ophidia I. Tropidonotus natrix Tab 18, by Paul Pfurtscheller

Vintage Nature Illustration Wednesday – Feathers

Adolphe Philippe Millot (Paris, 1 May 1857 – 18 December 1921)

Adolphe Philippe Millot (Paris, 1 May 1857 – 18 December 1921)

Roaming to the National Museum of Natural History

roam: verb - To move about without purpose or plan; to wander.

I am spoiled rotten to live so close to the Smithsonian Institution. If you’re not familiar, the Smithsonian is a group of museums, galleries, and a zoo that are located in Washington DC. I will admit with great shame that I have only visited a couple of the many locations, but the trouble is they’re so amazing that I end up returning to the same one(s) over and over.

I recently took my niece to the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), since at the end of April the Fossil Hall dinosaur exhibit will be closing for renovations – FOR FIVE YEARS. As any good auntie should be, I was panicked and made sure, come hell or more winter weather, that I’d get her there.

Now of course, being a standard 4 year old, she was only mildly interested in the bones, particularly after  overhearing someone say the phrase, “dinosaur gummies,” in reference to candy available at the gift shop. These were essentially the only dinosaurs she was thereafter interested in, but I persevered.

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“RAAAR” is dinosaur for “I love you.”

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Name that weird newborn!

I just can’t even believe these are real things. Can you guess what it is before following the link? I couldn’t.

But I’ll give you a hint – YAAAY for endangered species having babies!

Photograph from Zoo Atlanta via Reuters

Photograph from Zoo Atlanta via Reuters

 

There’s even a babycam for these guys! Thanks Atlanta Zoo!