Friday, June 26, 2009

Science Friday

Today is the first day of NAN. I would have been perfectly happy to stay home all day and watch the results slowly load onto the NAMHSA website (http://nan.namhsa.org/results09/ ). Unfortunately for me, that wasn't going to cut it with my kids. It's been a long, weird week and we haven't really done much of anything. I owed them a good outing, so we decided to go to Ryan's favorite place in the entire world--the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
You may be surprised to learn that there are a lot of horses at the Science Museum.
Of course, the vast majority of them are in the "Prehistoric Journey" exhibit.It would be hard not to have horses in an evolution exhibit.
There is simply no clearer and more compelling fossil record of a species adapting and changing over time.
I've seen this exhibit many, many times but I still find it fascinating.
When did Eohippus get a name change?
But that's not all! There are also some wonderful examples of horse related artifacts in the Native American gallery on the second floor. I took lots and lots of pictures of the saddles, bridles and horse masks. I will showcase these in an upcoming post. For today, there's just this one teaser:Last but not least, there are horses in the gift shop. I've always kind of wanted one of these larger than traditional scale Visible Horses:There were several shelves full of plush ponies...and a selection of replica Native American horse knick knacks.See, horses really are everywhere! My kids may think that the Space room and the Expedition Health exhibit were the highlights of our visit, but I know better. It's always about the horses!

1 comment:

  1. Looks like you had fun! and Yep! Always about the horses!

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