May 10 - December 31
Michigan State University Museum -- West Gallery
"Tanzania in Deep Time - A View from the Rift Valley" documents an ongoing research project that has produced a series of exciting fossil discoveries from the Rukwa Rift Basin of western Tanzania, in the African continent. The research and the exhibit are collaborative projects being carried out by a team of researchers that includes the MSU Museum, Ohio University, Southern Utah University, and Tanzanian collaborators and students from the University of Dar es Salaam. A bilingual (KiSwahili and English) version of the exhibit first opened at the National Museum of Tanzania in Dar es Salaam, and now companion exhibits are set for the U.S. - in East Lansing and Athens, Ohio - as well as regional sites in Tanzania, including the cities of Arusha and Mbeya. The project was funded by a National Science Foundation grant aimed not only at the research questions being addressed, but also at achieving a broader impact through interpreting the research to the public.