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The Michigan State University Museum presents its annual Darwin Discovery Day on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, 1-5 p.m., with an afternoon of discovery inviting young and old alike to explore backyard curiosities and extraordinary natural science specimens from around the globe.
Activities, tours and collections on all three floors:
-Darwin Discovery Day marks the opening of a new exhibit in the Heritage Gallery: "It Started with a Rock Collection: Charles Darwin, Geologist." (The exhibit runs through April 24.)
-"Darwin rocks!" is the theme of the day, and the MSU Museum has received a collection of rocks from the Shropshire Geological Society in England, where young Charles Darwin started his collection and scientific investigations.
-MSU Department of Geological Sciences will demonstrate a working seismograph, which locates and measures earthquakes and volcanic eruptions; and Central Michigan Lapidary and Mineral Society display and giveaways of Michigan Gypsum (while supplies last).
Also on tap: A Darwin re-enactor will answer questions about Darwin's work; live critters; behind-the-scenes tours of MSU collections; and birthday cake in honor of Charles Darwin's birthday, which is observed at museums and science centers all over the world on this day!
Visitors can also bring in rocks, fossils, bones and teeth for museum experts to identify. (The MSU Museum cannot provide estimates of commercial value of any specimen nor provide expertise on human-made artifacts at this program.)
The program is free of charge at the MSU Museum, the natural science and culture museum at Michigan State University.
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