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Harvard Museum of Natural History – March 2012 Events

Family Festival

Travel back in time to explore the amazing world of dinosaurs, Ice Age mammals, trilobites, and other fossils at Paleo Planet: A Look at Life in the Past, on Saturday, March 3, 9:00 am-5:00 pm. Meet Harvard scientists and hear about their research. Examine rare specimens, search for clues about the past in common fossils, and make your own models. This festival is appropriate for diverse ages. Regular admission rates apply. Free parking available in 52 Oxford Street garage.

Paleo Planet is made possible in part with support from Cambridge Trust Company.

Public Lecture

Join Thomas J. Campanella, Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Design at the University of North Carolina, for the New Directions in EcoPlanning Annual Lecture, A Great Green Cloud: The Rise and Fall of the City Elms, on Thursday, March 8, at 6:00 pm. Campanella will explore elm culture in the U.S. and how our love affair with this giant nearly brought it to the edge of disappearance. Reception to follow, free and open to the public. Free parking available in 52 Oxford Street garage. Supported by a generous gift from Michael Dyett (AB ’68, MRP ’72) and Heidi Richardson. Photo of New Haven, Conn.

Author Talk

Learn about how whales are highly complex and evolved mammals in The Sounding of the Whale: Science and Cetaceans in the Twentieth Century, an author talk with D. Graham Burnett, Professor of History at Princeton, on Sunday, March 11, at 2:00 pm. Burnett will discuss the 20th century scientific research and environmental awareness that has led to an appreciation of whales, which are deserving of regulatory protection. Regular admission rates apply.

Public Lecture

Explore the emergent field of Darwinian medicine in Evolutionary Medicine at 20: Not Mature but on the Way, a lecture by Randolph Nesse, Director of the Evolution & Human Adaptation Program at the University of Michigan, on Thursday, March 29, at 6:00 pm. Neese will discuss the application of modern evolutionary theory to understanding health and disease. Free and open to the public, Northwest Labs, Room B-103, 52 Oxford Street. Free parking available in 52 Oxford Street garage. Part of the Evolution Matters lecture series. Supported by a generous gift from Drs. Herman and Joan Suit.

Kids and Adult Classes

Explore the shapes, colors and patterns seen in a variety of insects and learn some techniques for drawing them realistically in Capturing Insects with Pencil and Paper, a kids class for ages 9-13, on Saturday, March 10, 2:00-3:30 pm. Fee: $30 nonmembers/$27 members.

A few spots remain for the adult class The Evolution of the Vertebrate Tail on Saturday, March 10, 9:30-11:30 am. Fee: $22 nonmembers/$20 members.

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