Sunday, February 22, 2009

Amherst College Museum of Natural History: Bones

I recently visited the the Amherst College Museum of Natural History.
It is open Tuesday through Sunday 11 to 4 pm with Free Admission.
Photos by Alicia Hunsicker
It houses outstanding collections and exhibits that include vertebrate and invertebrate paleontology, minerals and other geologic specimens, and anthropological material. The specimens have been collected since 1825 from local areas and around the world.

Some displays illustrate the evolution and ecology of major groups of animals, and others describe the geological processes which have formed the earth and local structures.
Particularly noteworthy is the world-famous dinosaur track collection from the sedimentary rocks of the Connecticut Valley.
I enjoyed taking photos of the bones and skeletons for future source material especially this rib cage of a Mammoth. My son (who is 7) had a wonderful time!

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Alicia Hunsicker's art is undeniably beautiful. She is an expert at extracting the highly-detailed textures and fibers of the human body, bringing them from darkness, into the light, with a technical precision that rivals any modern-day master.
David Aquino, Brattleboro Reformer