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Natural History Museum of Utah  Explore billions of years of awesome at #NHMU. Vikings: Beyond the Legend is now open!


Today, @nhmu debuted Utah Climate Challenge, the new signature digital experience in the Museum's Utah Futures exhibition. The game allows visitors to design Utah's future while keeping environmental impacts under control to minimize climate change. It was developed by the talented, award-winning team from Preloaded in London who create amazing game experiences, so come check out their work!

Does #Viking blood course through your veins? Visit @nhmu between 4pm-8pm today and Nordic specialists from @familysearch will help you trace your potential Scandinavian roots in the FamilySearch Family Tree. Then, explore Vikings: Beyond the Legend to learn more about this fascinating culture. Be sure to mention @familysearch at the Museum reception desk and receive a $2 discount on Museum admission!

It's another hot one out there today. @weatherchannel is reporting mid to high 90s for the next two weeks in Salt Lake City. So, come shelter inside the air-conditioned Rio Tinto Center and explore #Utah in more pleasant temperatures. ☀️

Cracks of the Great Salt Lake by @phillmonson

This cave is the reason that the archaeologist and anthropologist Jesse Jennings set up camp in Utah’s Great Salt Lake Desert. Once known as Hands and Knees Cave, the site was renamed Danger Cave after a 1941 expedition was terminated following a large rock fall from the lip of the cave. The debris narrowly missed members of a previous excavating party led by E.R. Smith, who abandoned his work shortly thereafter.
Smith’s work had been a sampling operation that left a series of pits and trenches that had removed the upper layers of the cave floor. Sadly, few of Smith’s relevant notes and photographs from the dig were preserved during World War II, while Smith was absent from the @universityofutah. However, in 1942, Smith wrote that the deep deposits of cultural material within the cave probably contained new data concerning the early inhabitants of #Utah.
According to Jennings, Smith’s report “endowed the cave with the glamor of promise,” and it was decided that intensive follow-up excavation would be conducted, starting in 1950.


Today @Nhmu. Did you know we are open every Wednesday till 9 p.m? And every day of the week--including Sunday?

A blend of Christian and Old Norse beliefs are depicted in many of the artifacts on display in Vikings: Beyond the Legend. These 34 gilded pendants each have a fishtail shape and are adorned with crosses, possibly alluding to the fish as a symbol of Christ. It is on display next to a box-shaped brooch that displays other motifs that originate from Old Norse tradition.

Happy #FossilFriday!!

Photo taken in Little Cottonwood Canyon by @utahwayoflife. What are your favorite Utah summer spots?

#prayingmantis in #Utah by @wasatchmaximus Did you know they are closely related to termites and cockroaches? Ancient Greeks and Egyptians believed they had supernatural powers.

It's #FossilFriday! Here, our paleontology lab volunteer, Earl, is working on removing the fossilized skeleton of a hadrosaur, or duck-billed dinosaur, from the surrounding rock it was encased in, called the matrix. It's painstakingly slow work, especially when dealing with a specimen this big. Earl is using a small paint brush to delicately sweep away the matrix he's removed, all of which will be saved and screened again to ensure no fossil fragments were included.

Photo by @kirkusaurelius of the Brian Head fire which has burned more than 58,000 acres as of this morning. #wildfire #forestfire #brianhead #brianheadfire

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