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Darwin Discovery Day

Event Date: 
Sun, 02/13/2011 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Darwin Discovery Day

and Annual Natural History Identification Day at the MSU Museum

Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011
from 1-5 p.m. - Free


Evolution in Action


  • NEW Tiktaalik: see this new addition to the MSU Museum's collections. Learn more:
  • Ask a Curator: museum curators and MSU specialists can help you identify backyard curiosities: bring in a rock, bone, fossil, tooth or other natural object*
  • Darwin at his desk--Rich Bellon, MSU Darwin scholar will answer questions about Darwin's life and work.
  • Live critters with the MSU Herpetology Club and MSU Museum's naturalist, Jim Harding the Critterguy.
  • Tours of the MSU Museum's "Bug Room," where beetles help prepare animal skeletons for inclusion in the collections as they clean away flesh from tiny crevices in bone that human hands and tools can never reach.
  • Rare, behind-the-scenes tours of MSU Museum research collections.
  • Dinosaur casts in Habitat Hall, showing recent finds from museum fieldwork and research in Tanzania, on the African continent.
  • Hands-on activities for kids with MSU 4-H Children's Garden and Department of Horticulture.
  • Books and educational resources at the Museum Store and giveaways for educators.

*The MSU Museum cannot provide estimates on the commercial value of any specimen nor provide expertise on human-made artifacts at this program.

The Michigan State University Museum joins natural history museums and science centers around the world in observing naturalist Charles Darwin's birthday with special programs. Science institutions worldwide have created special programs around Darwin's birthday that help promote an appreciation for the benefits of scientific knowledge acquired through human curiosity and ingenuity. Learn more at

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