One perfectly fossilized feather led 19th-century scientists to a stunning evolutionary find - Archaeopteryx - a feather-covered lizard who lived 150 million years ago. Considered to be from the world's earliest bird, this fossil will be displayed during "Archaeopteryx: Icon of Evolution," an exhibit that's making its world premiere. HMNS President Joel Bartsch says via press materials, "This is a rare opportunity to witness the direct link between dinosaurs and modern birds." The controversial fossil (everyone's not on board about its significance) comes from the stone quarries of Solnhofen, Germany. And this beautiful, stony little guy has arrived with some fossil friends - more than 100 turtles, fish, insects and lizard fossils from the Solnhofen quarry will also be on display. See the marvels of "Archaeopteryx: Icon of Evolution" today at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays through Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays. Through September 26. 5555 Hermann Park Drive. For information, call 713-639-4629 or visit www.hmns.org. $5 to $15.
April 29-Sept. 26, 2010