Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences

I think the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences is going to become our new haunt.  The Fossil Lab is amazing.  We were treated to a special private discussion by the paleontologist on duty, who was working on a 67 million year-old Argentinian Titanosaur. He invited Noor to become his intern when she turns 15, so she asked me to help her figure out how many days she has until her 15th birthday (2850 days or 7 years, 9 months and 20 days until August 23, 2018)


The "Big Dig" was fun too...


...especially considering the lighting was much better than it was last night when Noor started work on her own Velociraptor excavation.


The Milk Snake was beautiful and we learned an easy rhyme so we can tell the difference between their harmless form and the very similar looking and poisonous Coral Snake: "If red touches yellow, beware fellow.  But if red touches black, it is a friend to Jack."


We also learned that the name Milk Snake came about because farmers, upon finding the snakes in their milking pails, believed the snakes liked milk.  The truth is, though, that the snakes liked to eat the rats, who came to drink the milk.

We also got to see one of these guys:

A Kudamundi is a ring-tailed lemur and a central American relative of raccoons. She was leash and voice trained, which Noor found quite impressive.

The butterfly house was warm and full of impressive specimens, like these two moths:


But best of all, the ever-lovely Velociraptor:

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