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Blog: 2016

[image] Know Your Lacy White Flowers

Know Your Lacy White Flowers

Summer in Utah’s mountains brings lots of cow-parsnip, a strong-scented member of the carrot family, but adventurers should be careful not to confuse it with its more toxic look-alikes: hogweed, poison hemlock, and water hemlock.
Tags: botany
[image] From the Collection: Unknown Jurassic Lizard

From the Collection: Unknown Jurassic Lizard

Take a look at two halves of a nearly complete skeleton of a lizard that lived in the Late Jurassic, about 150 million years ago.
[image] Fremont Horned Figurines – What are They?

Fremont Horned Figurines – What are They?

The objects on display at NHMU are a testament to the physical world and science, but many are also a product of human cultures, and require a bit of thought and imagination to truly appreciate.
[image] Living Rock from the Great Salt Lake, Now in our Permanent Exhibits

Living Rock from the Great Salt Lake, Now in our Permanent Exhibits

One of the earliest forms of life on Earth – microbialites – thrive in the Great Salt Lake, and we pay homage to the humble living rock with a new permanent exhibit in our Great Salt Lake Gallery.
[image] Bioblitzing with SLC Neighborhood Naturalists

Bioblitzing with SLC Neighborhood Naturalists

Citizens armed with smart phones are helping Salt Lake City parks and open space managers inventory species found on our shared urban spaces. It's a partnership we've developed with the city and we call it SLC Neighborhood Naturalists.
[image] Grand Photos of Humble Bugs: Digitizing our Entomology Collection

Grand Photos of Humble Bugs: Digitizing our Entomology Collection

We can now produce amazingly detailed images of our entomology collection as we slowly add our 275,000 specimens to our online database.
[image] 7 Things Your Child Might Become, Thanks to NHMU Summer Camps

7 Things Your Child Might Become, Thanks to NHMU Summer Camps

NHMU summer camps are so impressive for kids, here’s our short list of 7 things your kid might just become after attending one.
[image] Fierce Facts about Fireflies

Fierce Facts about Fireflies

Fireflies are beautiful, but they're way more fierce than you might think. First, they're carnivores. Second, they're poisonous, so don't eat them!
[image] Hide Your Stuff in Plain Sight: Up a 1,000-Foot Rock Face

Hide Your Stuff in Plain Sight: Up a 1,000-Foot Rock Face

Our researchers seek to understand why Fremont Indian granaries in Range Creek are located far above the ground in hard-to-reach but easy-to-see locations. It turns out that high visibility can sometimes be a great deterrent to theft.
[image] Why Oceanic Islands Fascinate Us – Luzon Island, Part I

Why Oceanic Islands Fascinate Us – Luzon Island, Part I

Along with his American and Filipino colleagues, Eric Rickart, our Curator of Vertebrate Zoology, has scoured the Philippine island of Luzon for 30 years, discovering more endemic species of mammals than anyone could have imagined.