“Amber Secrets: Feathers from the Age of Dinosaurs”

“Amber Secrets: Feathers from the Age of Dinosaurs”

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2017-01-14 09:00:00
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily until March 26
$30

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Houston Museum of Natural Science
5555 Hermann Park Dr.
Houston, TX  77030
713-639-4783
Gigantotermes rex. It seems like the perfect name for a new species of termite that’s almost an inch long and was just discovered in 100-year-old amber. Scientists have long been fascinated by the 45-million-year-old specimens found in the Baltic region, but now researchers are all abuzz about huge amber finds in Burma containing insects, creatures and plant life from the mid-Cretaceous period. The Houston Museum of Natural Science is featuring more than 100 samples of these golden tombs in “Amber Secrets: Feathers from the Age of Dinosaurs.” It’s exciting stuff, with papers being written almost every week about the discoveries found in the samples, including feathers (yielding clues about the evolution of flight), diversity (explaining how our planet morphed from green to flowering color) and new species of termites (including Krishnatermes yoddha and the terrifying Gigantotermes rex). There’s a behind-the-scenes tour at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 7 ($17 to $27). Regular viewing hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Through March 26, 2017. 5555 Herman Park. For information, call 713-639-4629 or visit hmns.org. $30.
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