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If there were any serious objections to it, they wouldn't have been able to get Lucy in the first place.

Personally, I'd be a nervous wreck if I was responsible transporting anything from one museum to another as delicate and prized as Lucy, Dead See Scrolls, the Body World's exhibit, or the variety of priceless works of art!

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If there were any serious objections to it, they wouldn't have been able to get Lucy in the first place.

Personally, I'd be a nervous wreck if I was responsible transporting anything from one museum to another as delicate and prized as Lucy, Dead See Scrolls, the Body World's exhibit, or the variety of priceless works of art!

There were serious objections to it - did you read the article? The scientific community is not in control of Lucy; the Ethiopian government is. What the Ethiopian government does to get money is not necessarily what is best for the fossils.

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Lucy was supposed to come to Houston for a visit, but I can't find if she has come and gone, or if her visit is still in the works. I never saw a date, but she was to be on display at the Museum of Natural Science sometime this year.

Anyone know the status of this exhibit?

If memory serves well, isn't Lucy a centuries old mummy or the like? for a minute there I thought Lucy and Ethel were doing a come back tour. They could redo that great scene in the chocolate factory, then Lucy could do her classic...Vita-Veaga-Vega-Min commercial!

The museum district will never be matched. Its has an ambiance and allure unlike any other place in the city. I still have 8mm film of the little park over on Montrose by the Italian Community Center and nothing will ever compare to the neighborhoods around Sunset Blvd! A real hidden treasure in Houston. The homes have a mysterious effect like the kind crazy homes movie people used to build in the silent era days. Maybe Norma Desmond still lives over on SUNSET BLVD? "Mr De Mille I'm ready for my close up" Cool!

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Lucy is the nearly complete, as well as the most complete fossilized, skeletal remains of an Australopithecine discovered by Don Johansen in 1974. The Houston Museum of Natural Science was very fortunate to have arranged for an exhibit of Lucy that was to occur in 2006. But, I can't find anything on it.

Did she come and go? Had the visit been delayed? Canceled?

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Lucy is the nearly complete, as well as the most complete fossilized, skeletal remains of an Australopithecine discovered by Don Johansen in 1974. The Houston Museum of Natural Science was very fortunate to have arranged for an exhibit of Lucy that was to occur in 2006. But, I can't find anything on it.

Did she come and go? Had the visit been delayed? Canceled?

I would just check the site:

http://www.mfah.org/main.asp?target=home

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Lucy is the nearly complete, as well as the most complete fossilized, skeletal remains of an Australopithecine discovered by Don Johansen in 1974. The Houston Museum of Natural Science was very fortunate to have arranged for an exhibit of Lucy that was to occur in 2006. But, I can't find anything on it.

Did she come and go? Had the visit been delayed? Canceled?

if nearly complete means 40%....

granted that is more than what is typically found

I believe she is dated at somewhere around 3 million years if my memory serves me

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if nearly complete means 40%
But, you have to keep in mind that much of what bones were missing on one side of Lucy, scientists were able to recreate from the corresponding bone on the other side that was recovered. All they had to do was mirror the bone. When you put all the pieces in place, most of the skeleton could be seen.
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Lucy is indeed coming to Houston -- to the Museum of Natural Science -- in August. It's going to be a blockbuster exhibit, so I would buy your tickets now.

http://www.hmns.org/exhibits/special_exhibits/lucy.asp

I had read recently about the furor in the scientific community over Lucy traveling to Houston. Some scientists say she's too fragile to travel. The museum negotiated with the Ethiopian government to seal the deal.

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http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-Cash-for-Cockroaches.html

Museum Pays Cash for Live Cockroaches

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Published: May 2, 2007

Filed at 5:50 p.m. ET

HOUSTON (AP) -- A Houston museum is paying cash for live cockroaches as it seeks to populate a new exhibit.

The 25-cent-per-bug offer comes from the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

The center is trying to secure 1,000 live cockroaches for an updated insect display.

Curator Nancy Greig says cockroaches are as clean as the area in which they live, and catching them is a great activity for kids.

People wanting to get sell the usually unwanted creatures can do so starting next Tuesday.

After the museum has purchased 1,000 cockroaches, anyone else offering the insects will get a pass to use after the Brown Hall of Entomology opens May 25th.

On the Net:

www.hmns.org/generic/Insect--Wing.asp

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I rarely, if ever, see a roach. And when I do it's certainly never in my home.

But I will take a roach over a rat any day of the week.

I've seen them leaping from trees along Allen Parkway in the early morning hours. Ick.

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I rarely, if ever, see a roach. And when I do it's certainly never in my home.

But I will take a roach over a rat any day of the week.

You're nuts! Roaches are everywhere this time of year. One women told me a story about how roaches would sneak up on her bed and run. Could you imagine if a rat did that!? Good stuff to get rid of them Borid acid. Terminex uses it.

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I've seen them leaping from trees along Allen Parkway in the early morning hours. Ick.

Where's Marv when you need him?!

Always knows the inside (scoop) on roach and mouse droppings

All together gang!

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Now that we're nearing the end of Lucy's visit here in Houston, I was honestly surprised how many people actually came to Houston with the sole intention of just going to see Lucy.

After talking to more than a few clients, casual conversation with hotel and staff, I was a bit taken aback by this information. Several people I dealt with flew from Europe (scotland and Germany specifically) just to see Her and were very pleased and surprised about what Houston had to offer.

Of course, the lingering complaint I heard was the lack of transit options.

Makes me wonder if HMNS has stats about visitors seeing her?

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We're only halfway through her visit -- it runs until late April. So the final impact won't be known for some time.

I know they've gotten money from me and will get more -- I went once by myself, once with the spouse, and will go this week again with my kid. On the days we can all go together it's too crowded!

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it was truly surreal. it's hard to believe that it is real human flesh and organs. i left feeling heavy. a part of me was completely excited and fascinated. the other part (of me) was horrified and grossed out. i hope we get another show. my parents missed out last time around.

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I found this exhibit very fascinating and had no 'eww, gross' aftereffects from it. Its real, but also fake. Remember there is no organic matter left, all you're seeing is plastic and rubber. It just so happens to be anatomically correct plastic and rubber. Nature does the same thing too: don't forget there is no wood in petrified wood, its all silica replacement, and some fossils that we see on store shelves are pure stone, with no organics whatsoever all having been replaced by minerals over time. The ethics of this is an entirely different discussion of course...

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I found this exhibit very fascinating and had no 'eww, gross' aftereffects from it.
i have one bad memory of some parents giving sex ed lessons during the tour. not sure i care to hear a parent asking their child whether they have a penis. other than that, i really enjoyed the various exhibits Edited by musicman
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The ethics of this is an entirely different discussion of course...

Got that right.

Mankind has hit an all time low. This all makes Norman Bates & Hannibal Lechter seem like quite normal

everyday people. Desensitized world and we wonder why others kill others with no kind of afterthought. Ok I'll stop. I'll just cave in and buy one of those real human-skinned lamp shades on E-Bay. :blink::lol:

and show Tx Chainsaw Massacre to grade school kids at recess.

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What's different about Body Worlds 2 than the one a couple of years ago? And what dinosaur exhibit?

They always show those Body Worlds commercials while I'm eating.

Body Worlds Wikipedia

The previous exhibit was Body Worlds 3: The Story of the Heart. Part 2 concerns the nervous system.

I went to BWs 3 and was very impressed... the body's are really works of art, in addition to being educational. Preserving delicate structures is technically difficult.

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In 2000, I visited the Museum for the first time. It was a cool experience...I remember the Planetarium was showing "Where in the Universe is Carmen Sandiego" and the McDonald's was pretty cool. It was unlike any McD's I had seen. For one thing, the restaurant offered snowcones, but what I'm trying to recall is that it had some science-themed combo meals (like a "Mars" themed meal). Unfortunately, the next time I managed to get back to it was in 2007, and it had been gutted and changed since then (to a fairly non-descript McD's). I'm really trying to remember those meals...as I never had them. Can anyone help? Does anyone know what I'm talking about? Help!

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In 2000, I visited the Museum for the first time. It was a cool experience...I remember the Planetarium was showing "Where in the Universe is Carmen Sandiego" and the McDonald's was pretty cool. It was unlike any McD's I had seen. For one thing, the restaurant offered snowcones, but what I'm trying to recall is that it had some science-themed combo meals (like a "Mars" themed meal). Unfortunately, the next time I managed to get back to it was in 2007, and it had been gutted and changed since then (to a fairly non-descript McD's). I'm really trying to remember those meals...as I never had them. Can anyone help? Does anyone know what I'm talking about? Help!

Sorry ... can't help. Haven't been to that museum since I was a child.

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I went to the number 2 a while back. It was one of the "last" showings, and was packed. It was amazing, very interesting. The birds hanging would occasionally flake off some of their stuff on the floor. A bit disturbing, but makes you appreciate your body and what it does. Not as inspiring as Lucy, but I would suggest seeing this atleast once in your life.

But try and go during the week, or when it's less busy. I got frustrated with people taking their sweet time reading a paragraph/looking at one piece and blocking it for an hour.

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