Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
From pancake breakfasts to grand parades to the Thunderbirds' spectacular air show, there's something for everyone.
I particularly enjoyed seeing this float in one of the parades, since it features an early bookmobile. Who can live without books? I certainly can't.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
The boxes may look ordinary, but what's inside is anything but ordinary. This exhibit, which traveled to the Wyoming State Museum earlier this year, contains fossils from a tapiromorph.
If you're like me, you've never heard of a tapiromorph. I knew about tapirs, because I'd seen one in a zoo, but tapiromorph was a new word for me. The short version of a long story is that it's a prehistoric animal that appears to be closely related to modern tapirs.
Here's more information about tapirs in general and the techniques used to identify the fossils.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
The quotation on the back wall says, "There is no square on earth as rich as Wyoming in its fossil forms of extinct life. From the Permian ... to modern annals, nearly all of the life that ever lived upon the earth can be found within the limits of the state. -- Curator William H. Reed, University of Wyoming, 1899"
Who knew that the Equality State was also a treasure trove for fossil hunters?