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[image] A Tale of Terroir: Porcini Mushrooms Have Evolved with a Preference to Local Adaptation

A Tale of Terroir: Porcini Mushrooms Have Evolved with a Preference to Local Adaptation

The Dentinger Lab at the Natural History Museum of Utah has published a provocative new paper in the journal New Phytologist that describes their work with the much beloved mushroom, Boletus edulis, better known by gastronomers worldwide as the porcini.
[image] Angkor: A Living Window into the Past

Angkor: A Living Window into the Past

Angkor is a vast complex of temples and other archaeological structures rising out of the jungle in northern Cambodia. It covers an astonishing 400 square kilometers, or 154 square miles. To put this in perspective, this is an area equivalent to the entire eastern half of Salt Lake City from 600 North to I-215 in the south. This massive site was the home to arguably Southeast Asia’s greatest civilization, the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th centuries.
[image] New Native Voices Enrich the Collections

New Native Voices Enrich the Collections

From the first plans of our museum’s space, especially the Native Voices exhibit on the top floor, we have worked to include more than just objects from Native cultures in our region. Their perspectives, history, and actual voices are an important way to more fully present their culture to the wide museum audience.
[image] Steven Pinker’s Rational World

Steven Pinker’s Rational World

Humanist thinker Dr. Steven Pinker launched our 2022 lecture series on March 22.
[image] Weaving a Revolution: Contemporary Navajo Baskets

Weaving a Revolution: Contemporary Navajo Baskets

NHMU is honored to house The Twin Rocks Trading Post Collection, a collection of 250 remarkable baskets from the Utah Strip of the Navajo Nation, some of which are on display in our Native Voices gallery and Collections Wall. Read the story of how they came to be a new art form.
[image] A Renaissance in Navajo Basket Art

A Renaissance in Navajo Basket Art

The Navajo ceremonial baskets on display in our Native Voices gallery and Collections Wall mark an incredible moment in art history. Read part II of our blog post series on the Twin Rocks Trading Post Collection.
[image] Lola Reyes: Animator, Artist, NHMU Star

Lola Reyes: Animator, Artist, NHMU Star

Lola Reyes is an incredible example of a Utahn brought up in humble circumstances who found the confidence, courage, and persistence to succeed in life, thanks in part to her five-year experience in NHMU’s Youth-Teaching-Youth program.
[image] The Cave That Holds a Million Bones

The Cave That Holds a Million Bones

Allison Wolfe, a graduate student in zooarchaeology and awardee of NHMU’s Summer Internship, is identifying tens of thousands of bird bones from Homestead Cave, home of the most fine-grained small animal record in the Western USA.

[image] Gila: the Monster, the Myth, the Legend

Gila: the Monster, the Myth, the Legend

Gila monsters are the stuff of mythology, like a gorgon or a hippogriff, yet these reclusive reptiles are fascinating regardless of the tall tales. NHMU visitors can see one up close during the Power of Poison exhibit.
[image] Fungi in the Gut: Bryn Dentinger’s Look at Microbiomes

Fungi in the Gut: Bryn Dentinger’s Look at Microbiomes

Bryn Dentinger, NHMU’s Curator for Mycology, is on a mission to study the gut microbiomes of herbivorous animals in the Intermountain West. He’ll be cataloguing the biodiversity of fungal microbes and providing a baseline for future comparative studies. 
Tags: mycology