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Science in Action & Object I.D. Day at the Sam Noble Museum

Visitors bring in objects for identification, family fun


Many people find and collect objects that they recognize, but can’t identify. Could it be a rock or a fossil? A piece of mammoth tusk or a mineral? An arrow point or a chunk of flint? All these questions and more can be answered from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, during Science in Action & Object I.D. Day at the Sam Noble Museum. Wild Al’s food truck will be on site, serving barbecue and other Southern foods for purchase.

Bring in your natural history objects to be identified, or just come in to enjoy scientific discovery and fun. Science in Action & Object I.D. Day is a free, family-friendly, science-packed day featuring demonstrations and hands-on activities.

Experts will converge to investigate objects of all kinds brought in from the private collections of people from across the state. Everything from bones and rocks to Native American objects and languages are brought in to the museum on this day for the experts to ponder over, identify and explain. 

Museum staff from archaeology, ethnology, genomic resources, reptiles and amphibians, ichthyology, vertebrate and invertebrate paleontology, mammals, Native American languages, paleobotany, and modern invertebrates, such as insects, will be available to make identifications and answer questions. Each department also will have a number of objects on view from their collection to serve as “show-and-tell” for visitors.

In addition to object identification and collection “show-and-tell,” Science in Action & Object I.D. Day will feature a variety of fun family activities and demonstrations. The Oklahoma Wind Power Initiative will have information about wind energy, including a demonstration of how a wind turbine works. The Ornithology department will provide fun facts about birds and their feathers, such as how feathers enable birds to catch prey, find mates and dive into water. Visitors also will learn how to identify bird flight styles by the shape of their wings! 

Also in attendance will be the Cleveland County Audubon Society, the South-Central Climate Science Center, OK Wind Power Initiative, and the WaTER Center. Representatives will be present to inform and answer questions about their organizations.

Science in Action & Object I.D. Day is a perfect time to share information about an addition to the museum's website, www.snomnh.ou.edu, a page devoted to common fossils of Oklahoma, www.CommonFossilsofOklahoma.snomnh.ou.edu.

Equipped with images of living plants and animals and their respective fossils, this site details how paleontologists search for fossils, how to identify Oklahoma fossils, and teaches about the communities Oklahoma plants and animals came from.

Fossils are found regularly throughout the state of Oklahoma. The Common Fossils of Oklahoma page allows visitors to submit images and information about fossils they have found and allow the experts at the museum to try and identify them.

To learn more about Science in Action and Object I.D. Day, call (405) 325-4712, or visit the museum’s website at www.snomnh.ou.edu. The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History is located on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus at Timberdell Road and Chautauqua Avenue.

Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors 65 and up, and $3 for youth ages 6 to 17. Children ages 5 and under are admitted free. Discounts are available for military personnel and their immediate families. For accommodations on the basis of disability, call (405) 325-4712.

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CONTACT: Jen Tregarthen
(405) 325-0598



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