|A Dynamic Dino Debut|
Hannah Aaronson unveils Anomalocaris model and David Temple answers your questions in final preview of Hall of Paleontology
WHAT: Please join the HMNS staff in the final preview of the Hall of Paleontology, before it opens to the public on June 2. On hand for the event will be 7-year-old Hannah Aaronson, the bidding winner of an Anomalocaris replica at a fossil auction, which will be on display in the new Hall of Paleontology. Hannah will unveil her model, which she has donated for display, and will be available to answer questions about it. Also on hand will be David Temple, Associate Curator of Paleontology for HMNS, who will answer any questions about the new Hall.
Anomalocaris has been found to be more than 500 million years old, dating to the Cambrian period. It is related to modern arthropods, a class including several animals, ranging from spiders and butterflies, to shrimp and crabs. It is a long-standing belief that Anomalocaris fed on trilobites. Included in the new Hall will be what is widely considered to be the world’s finest public display of trilobites.
WHO: Hannah Aaronson, winner of Anomalocaris model going on display in the Hall of Paleontology
David Temple, Associate Curator of Paleontology
Rodney Gentry, Senior Exhibit Designer
Judd Swanson, Exhibit Designer
WHEN: Thursday, April 26, 10 – 11 a.m.
*Because construction is still going on within the Hall of Paleontology, the photo-op will only be going on during this hour, and will NOT be open for viewing at any other time this day. Because of this, we ask that you please arrive at 10 a.m. (or before) sharp.*
WHERE: Dan L Duncan Family Wing – Hall of Paleontology
Houston Museum of Natural Science
5555 Hermann Park Drive , Houston , TX 77030
HOW: Contact Sami Mesarwi at (713) 639-4722 or come to Museum Services for assistance.
WHY: “We are finally in the homestretch in developing the Hall of Paleontology, and this is the largest hall the museum has ever undertaken,” said Temple . “It’s exciting to see everything coming together. At this point, things are progressing hourly—walls appear, dinosaurs are being erected; it is a hive of activity. One moment you are working on a dinosaur mount that weighs hundreds of pounds and requires surgical precision, and later that same day you are working with an extremely delicate, tiny specimen that has to be mounted under magnification.”
The Houston Museum of Natural Science—one of the nation’s most-heavily attended museums—is a centerpiece of the Houston Museum District. With four floors of permanent exhibit halls, including the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center , Burke Baker Planetarium and George Observatory and as host to world-class and ever-changing touring exhibitions, the Houston Museum has something to delight every age group. With such diverse and extraordinary offerings, a trip to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, located at 5555 Hermann Park Drive in the heart of the Museum District, is always an adventure.