University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

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Hexagonaria,more commonly called a Petoskey Stone, was a coral that flourished in ancient seas. Its scientific name, whi...
11/13/2020

Hexagonaria,more commonly called a Petoskey Stone, was a coral that flourished in ancient seas. Its scientific name, which means โ€œsix-sided,โ€ refers to the shape of the starlike features covering its surface, called corallites!
#FossilFriday

#ThrowbackThursday to our November opening! Can you tell this was pre-covid? ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜…Speaking of opening: UMMNH is now open to...
11/12/2020

#ThrowbackThursday to our November opening! Can you tell this was pre-covid? ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜…

Speaking of opening: UMMNH is now open to those who have a valid Mcard (U-M students, faculty, and staff). So mask up and head over to the museum on Fridays and Sundays 12-4!๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคญ๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿ‘

This #WhatsItWednesday we have a wild food found in Michigan.  Do you know what it is? Have you tried it before? ๐Ÿ„
11/11/2020

This #WhatsItWednesday we have a wild food found in Michigan. Do you know what it is? Have you tried it before? ๐Ÿ„

Take a break and enjoy these fluffy friends from around the world!Which is your favorite nocturnal rat!? ๐Ÿ€ #StressRelief...
11/09/2020

Take a break and enjoy these fluffy friends from around the world!
Which is your favorite nocturnal rat!? ๐Ÿ€

#StressRelief #Rats #NaturePhotos

๐Ÿ“ธ https://imgur.com/t/sea_slugs/hH5Qu4y

Our first visitor since we closed in March! We're open to U-M students, staff, and faculty on Sunday and Friday afternoo...
11/08/2020

Our first visitor since we closed in March! We're open to U-M students, staff, and faculty on Sunday and Friday afternoons.

#museum

#ScienceSunday! There was a massive exchange of mammals between South and North American millions of years ago, like the...
11/08/2020
Why South Americaโ€™s ancient mammals may have lost out to northern counterparts

#ScienceSunday! There was a massive exchange of mammals between South and North American millions of years ago, like the Giant Sloth. Find out why so many S. American mammals can trace their roots back to N. American mammals. ๐ŸŒŽ

http://ow.ly/7OHW50Cd7xB

When North and South America joined millions of years ago, mammals from the north fared better in the meetup. Extinctions in the south may be why.

Take a break from scrolling and enjoy seeing our ancient whales for this #MomentOfMuseumZen ๐Ÿ˜Œ๐Ÿ‹
11/07/2020

Take a break from scrolling and enjoy seeing our ancient whales for this #MomentOfMuseumZen ๐Ÿ˜Œ๐Ÿ‹

Sea Stars are the stars of this #FossilFriday! This little guy lived nearly 390 million years ago during the Devonian in...
11/06/2020

Sea Stars are the stars of this #FossilFriday!
This little guy lived nearly 390 million years ago during the Devonian in found in Ontario. Sea stars have looked the same for millions of years but are rare fossils to find due to their soft tissue and rapid decomposition. โญ๏ธ๐Ÿ’ซ

This month is #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth! There will be events throughout november  put on by Multi-Ethnic Student Aff...
11/05/2020

This month is #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth! There will be events throughout november put on by Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs! Check out this event with Tommy Orange, author of There There, a multigenerational, story about the lives of urban Native Americans. Tune into this talk Friday at 7pm!

https://events.umich.edu/event/72820

Native American Studies - University of Michigan

Need a distraction today? Enjoy some unique frogs and then scroll down for other fun nature photos!#StressRelief #Frogs ...
11/04/2020

Need a distraction today? Enjoy some unique frogs and then scroll down for other fun nature photos!

#StressRelief #Frogs #NaturePhotos

Photo by: pllaidllama (Imgur)

Happy election day!  We finally made it, and hope that you all took part in the process of democracy in this country by ...
11/03/2020

Happy election day! We finally made it, and hope that you all took part in the process of democracy in this country by voting.

Whatever the outcome of this election, please know that the U-M Museum of Natural History will continue to be a trustworthy scientific resource for our community and a place to satisfy your curiosity about the world.

We hope to be able to welcome you back soon. Please take care and stay safe.

The U-M Museum of Natural History creates opportunities for people to develop a better understanding of the natural worl...
11/02/2020

The U-M Museum of Natural History creates opportunities for people to develop a better understanding of the natural world. This understanding leads to more informed decision-making about some of the challenges we face together here on Earth.

We hope you all had a great Halloween!  ๐ŸŽƒ Here are the winners  of the Frightening Fun Costume Contest! Best Scientific ...
11/01/2020

We hope you all had a great Halloween! ๐ŸŽƒ Here are the winners of the Frightening Fun Costume Contest!
Best Scientific Costume - Lyssa & Julius - mushrooms ๐Ÿ„
Best Group Costume - Scooby Doo Group
Best Scientist - Covid-19 Crushing Superhero
Peopleโ€™s Choice- Sharing Sโ€™More Fun
Best Prehistoric Creature- Sophie Trex
Thank you all for all those who participated! ๐Ÿ‘ป ๐Ÿ˜

#halloween #halloweencostume #costume #costumecontest #sciencecostume

10/31/2020
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Happy Halloween! We hope you all have a safe and spooky day, and hope you join us for our Halloween@Home, a live virtual...
10/31/2020

Happy Halloween! We hope you all have a safe and spooky day, and hope you join us for our [email protected], a live virtual event. With our spooky science demos, youโ€™re sure to have a howling good time. ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿงช๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿงฌ๐Ÿ’€

halloween.ummnh.org

Australopithecus sediba is our #FossilFriday for this spooky #Hallo-week! Sediba lived about 2 million years ago in Sout...
10/30/2020

Australopithecus sediba is our #FossilFriday for this spooky #Hallo-week! Sediba lived about 2 million years ago in Southern Africa. She shares a lot in common with us but is not one of our direct ancestors. One of the critical differences is how she would have walked, with her toes facing inward.

Some say she still haunts the halls of the evolution gallery admiring the other fossils. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ’€

#Fossil #NaturalHistory #Halloween #Homo #science #FossilFriday #paleontology #australopithecusSediba #Hominid #paleontologist

#WhatsItWednesday???
10/28/2020

#WhatsItWednesday???

Even though black cats are a favorite around Halloween, they are sometimes considered unlucky.  We think our two black p...
10/27/2020

Even though black cats are a favorite around Halloween, they are sometimes considered unlucky. We think our two black pumas are pretty lucky! ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿ€ Do you have any pictures with our pumas? Share them for #BlackCatDay

#BlackCat #Pumas #CatsOfInstagram #Halloween #HalloWeek

We are kicking off Hallo-Week by carving pumpkins with Deinonychus! ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ”ช๐Ÿฆ–What are you going to carve into your pumpkins? S...
10/26/2020

We are kicking off Hallo-Week by carving pumpkins with Deinonychus! ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ”ช๐Ÿฆ–

What are you going to carve into your pumpkins? Scary faces? ๐Ÿ’€ Dinosaurs? ๐Ÿฆ•

University of Michigan grads Jannice Newson and Nana Britwum have just created a synthetic hair made for Black women tha...
10/25/2020
Hair without harm: 2 UM graduates use invasive plant species to create healthier extensions

University of Michigan grads Jannice Newson and Nana Britwum have just created a synthetic hair made for Black women that is plant-based and biodegradable! They use fibrous phragmites (an invasive plant) to create the synthetic hair instead of plastic. Amazing work! ๐Ÿ’‡๐Ÿฟโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŒพ

http://ow.ly/RDOB50C1Rxz

University of Michigan Ecology and Evolutionary Biology University of Michigan Black Alumni - UMBA University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
#UMichGrads #UmichAlumni #WomenInSTEM #STEM #diversity #inclusion

Two recent University of Michigan graduate students are aiming to reinvent synthetic hair extensions without plastic, in a way that puts an invasive species to productive use.Jannice Newson and Nana Britwum have just created their first prototype of a synthetic hair made specifically for Blackโ€ฆ

It is #NationalArtDay and we want to celebrate the incredible artist David Zinn!  Our 'dinosaur' is one of many illustra...
10/25/2020

It is #NationalArtDay and we want to celebrate the incredible artist David Zinn! Our 'dinosaur' is one of many illustrations around the museum Zinn created.

Do you know where this is in our museum? ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿฆ–

#NationalArtDay2020 #publicart #minimural #arteverywhere #dinosaur #squirrel #ambition #mural #art #ArtDay #MuseumArt

Halloween is right around the corner and so is our #CostumeContest! Check out this froggy group costume.Make sure to sen...
10/24/2020

Halloween is right around the corner and so is our #CostumeContest! Check out this froggy group costume.
Make sure to send in your costume pictures before the 30th for the chance to win prizes!
Do you have your costume planned? ๐Ÿ‘ป๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿธ

http://halloween.ummnh.org/

#Halloween #CostumeContest #HalloweenAtHome #MuseumAtHome #NaturalHistoryHalloween #MuseumHalloween

Birding is an activity where people go out to observe birds in their natural habitat.  #BirdabilityWeek focuses on makin...
10/22/2020

Birding is an activity where people go out to observe birds in their natural habitat. #BirdabilityWeek focuses on making sure everyone with accessibility challenges can experience birding. ๐Ÿฆ…๐Ÿฆข
Here is our Scarlet tanager from our Exploring Michigan Gallery. Have you ever seen this bird in the wild? ๐Ÿฆ†๐Ÿฆœ

National Audubon Society
#nationalaudubonsociety #outdoorsforall #diversityoutdoors #diversifyoutdoors #diversity #inclusion #accessiblebirding #DisabilityAwarenessMonth #birding #birdwatching

#WhatsItWednesday?
10/21/2020

#WhatsItWednesday?

10/20/2020
Expert Expo - Sleep and the Brain | Alika Sulaman

What do brains do while we sleep? ๐Ÿง ๐Ÿ’ค

Alika Sulaman, a neuroscience grad student at the University of Michigan uses light to study tiny mouse brains. She hopes to learn what their brains are doing while they sleep so the mice can remember things when they're awake. This research can have implications for understanding the same processes in humans. ๐Ÿ˜ด

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UL4We3qORP8&feature=youtu.be

#sleep #Neuroscience #GradStudent #brain #research #Stem #WomenInSTEM #UMichGrads #UMichResearch #UMich

What do brains do while we sleep? Alika Sulaman uses light to study tiny mouse brains. She hopes to learn what their brains are doing while they sleep so the...

It is voting season, so make sure to research who you will vote for and how you will be voting. โญ๏ธRepost from @ummamuseu...
10/19/2020

It is voting season, so make sure to research who you will vote for and how you will be voting. โญ๏ธRepost from @ummamuseum! ๐Ÿ’ซ

" Woohoo! UMMAโ€™s satellite city clerkโ€™s office has registered over 2,500 new voters in 3 weeks! Keep coming in to register to vote, drop off/pick up your absentee ballot, and vote early all at UMMA. Right now the office is open Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m to 7 p.m, but it will have expanded hours closer to the election! "

Stop by the UMMA to vote! ๐Ÿ—ณ
http://ow.ly/baMA50BWi9S
โ€”-
#Vote2020 #VoteAtUMMA #UmichVotes #Umicharts #AnnArbor #Vote #StudentVote #AnnArborVotes

Bats are fun decorations around Halloween time but this year they are scarier than usual due to their link to COVID19.  ...
10/18/2020
This biologist helped trace SARS to bats. Now, he's working to uncover the origins of COVID-19

Bats are fun decorations around Halloween time but this year they are scarier than usual due to their link to COVID19. ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿฆ‡๐Ÿ‘ป

Recent works have established beyond doubt that bats are important reservoirs of many viruses and some of them have the potential to spill over into livestock and human population to cause devastating diseases. ๐Ÿฆ‡๐Ÿฆ 

Dr. Linfa Wand from Duke-NUS Medical School helped make the link with bats and COVID19, what is he working on now? Read more about Dr. Wang's work for this #ScienceSunday.

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/09/biologist-helped-trace-sars-bats-now-hes-working-uncover-origins-covid-19

Linfa Wang's innovative new assay could help reveal when and where the virus spilled over to humans

Check out this beautiful accordion book made by one of our student docents, Elizabeth Hungerman! The book is filled with...
10/17/2020
2020 Grand Prize Winner - Elizabeth Hungerman | U-M LSA Science Learning Center (SLC)

Check out this beautiful accordion book made by one of our student docents, Elizabeth Hungerman! The book is filled with illustrations from UMMNH and of Michigan plants. ๐Ÿ’€ ๐ŸŒธ โœ๏ธ

https://lsa.umich.edu/slc/science-as-art/science-as-art-2019-20-winners/2020-grand-prize-winner---elizabeth-hungerman.html
University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

This accordion book started in the Museum of Natural History, where I work as a docent. It began with an educational program on adaptations, given to class of first graders. In this program, different skulls and bone fragments were displayed and the class was asked what role each of these fragments....

Today we have a Michigan #FossilFriday! The Giant Beaver, or Castoroides, was the largest rodent living in North America...
10/16/2020

Today we have a Michigan #FossilFriday!
The Giant Beaver, or Castoroides, was the largest rodent living in North America during the Pleistocene. It was BIG, 6.2-7.2 ft long big. Giant beavers were clumsy on land due to their size but excellent swimmers. BUT we don't know if they built dams like living relatives. What do you think these giants ate?

Majungasaurus has a Halloween costume that is out of this world! โœจ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿš€  ๐Ÿš€ ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿš€Submit your costume photos before Oct. 30 ...
10/15/2020

Majungasaurus has a Halloween costume that is out of this world! โœจ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿš€ ๐Ÿš€ ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿš€

Submit your costume photos before Oct. 30 for a chance to win prizes! What will you dress up as for the ๐™๐™ง๐™ž๐™œ๐™๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™๐™ช๐™ฃ ๐˜พ๐™ค๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ช๐™ข๐™š ๐˜พ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™จ๐™ฉ? ๐Ÿ‘ป ๐ŸŽƒ

https://lsa.umich.edu/ummnh/visitors/halloween/costume-contest.html
#Halloween #CostumeContest #HalloweenAtHome #MuseumAtHome #NaturalHistoryHalloween #MuseumHalloween #Webinar #ScienceWebinar

We can't get enough of our wonderful Dimetrodon! This sailed wonder ruled the earth during the Permian 270 million years...
10/14/2020

We can't get enough of our wonderful Dimetrodon! This sailed wonder ruled the earth during the Permian 270 million years ago. ๐Ÿฆด Happy #NationalFossilDay!

#NationalFossilDay #FossilDay #NationalFossilDay #FossilsOfInstagram #Fossils #FossilDay #fossil #Museum #NaturalHistory

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I canโ€™t tell you how excited Sarah and Tommy were for their camps these last 2 weeks!! Thank you for all of this wonderful and fun coursework, and for the knowledgeable and talented camp counselors! They did such an amazing job guiding these young campers and introducing them to a deeper understanding of the world around them! They did such an awesome job of listening to the ideas from these young ones, making their statements or questions relevant, and yet keeping the course on track! Very professional! And so fun!!! Thank you so much, UMMNH! We are eager to be back for the next โ€œOlogy Camp!โ€
Does anyone have an idea of when this place is going to open again for visiting in person?
Do you and your family enjoy Rocks, Minerals or Fossils? If so, this event is perfect for you! Rock, Mineral & Fossil Auction at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, MI. Saturday, February 29 - Sunday, March 1, 2020. Fun family event with three auctions every hour; silent, oral, and mini silent (which is perfect for kids or novice collector). Auction proceeds benefit Scholarship Funds at Schoolcraft College. Event: https://facebook.com/events/s/rock-mineral-fossil-auction/477613403191618/?ti=cl See website for complete auction details: https://roaminrockclub.weebly.com/rock-mineral-fossil-auction-schoolcraft-college-livonia-michigan.html
Visited the Museum of Natural History gift shop this morning--good sale at 30% off--and for a good cause, to support public education of science here at the U of M!
Remembering Dinosaur๐Ÿฆ– Discovery day this morning.
Showing off my sweatshirt at work today (and my little porcupine plushie) ! Thanks for all you do and for being so awesome!
We got a behind the scenes view this morning
Mayan God carrying the God of the cross (1519) ๐Ÿ˜Ž
Great displays, super planetarium, clear layout
Enjoyed our visit today!!
It was ok, but way too big on evolution.
It's recently been renovated, so it's very clean, and the mammoths are new. I enjoy that there are certain exhibits then encourage you to touch (bc I'm a touchy person). :-)