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Blog Archive: Natural History

[image] Top 5 Dinosaur Myths

Top 5 Dinosaur Myths

NHMU Curator of Paleontology, Randy Irmis, helps to clarify some common misconceptions about dinosaurs.
[image] Utah, home to the oldest chocolate in the U.S.

Utah, home to the oldest chocolate in the U.S.

Producing artisan chocolate is hot in Utah today, but our history with cacao dates back further than you'd think.
[image] Utah’s Ancient Cacao: A Surprising Find

Utah’s Ancient Cacao: A Surprising Find

No archaeologist would have guessed it, but the oldest evidence of cacao use in the Southwestern U.S. was found in an Ancestral Puebloan village in Utah.
[image] Chocolate: Its Origins

Chocolate: Its Origins

Chocolate has a long history with humans - evidence of cacao use dates back to as early as 1900 B.C. Learn about the origins of this beloved plant.
[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] 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] Bitten by the Adventure Bug On a Dino Dig

Bitten by the Adventure Bug On a Dino Dig

Digging for dinosaur fossils in southern Utah should make it on your "must do" list if you live in the state. Read about a recent adventure in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
[image] Inside a Paleontologist's Field Kit

Inside a Paleontologist's Field Kit

Carrie Levitt-Bussian gives us an insider's look at her field kit. Find out what paleontologists absolutely need in the field.
[image] Corn-Pone Tunes: Favorite Songs from Range Creek

Corn-Pone Tunes: Favorite Songs from Range Creek

Looking for a new playlist? Here's one from our Range Creek Field School, completely centered on their work with corn.