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Blog Archive: Collections

[image] This was the Place: Athabaskans Gambling on a New Life in the South

This was the Place: Athabaskans Gambling on a New Life in the South

New evidence discovered in the Promontory caves reveals that a group of fantastic hunters and lovers of games and gambling were the inhabitants. Archaeologist and friend of NHMU, Jack Ives, believes that they were an Athabaskan or Dene-speaking culture from subarctic Canada, making friends in Utah.
[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] 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] Hunting for Utah Fireflies

Hunting for Utah Fireflies

Christy Bills, our Entomology Collections Manager, leads the Firefly Citizen Science Project, which is building a map of firefly habitats with help from Utah citizens.
[image] Decoding a Herbarium Sheet

Decoding a Herbarium Sheet

Herbarium sheets are used in our permanent flora collection, and they contain not just the specimen, but a ton of other important information.
Tags: botany
[image] Digitizing our Herbarium Collection

Digitizing our Herbarium Collection

Digitizing museum collections is no small task. We accomplish it with a well-thought-out plan and some crucial people doing the work.
Tags: botany
[image] Collections Manager Tip #389: Don’t Shellac the Mammoth Tusk

Collections Manager Tip #389: Don’t Shellac the Mammoth Tusk

It may have been an accepted technique long ago, but we’ve got better ways to preserve and maintain our fossils.