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This Week at the Museum

March 6, 2017
Join us on Thursday, March 9 from 5:30 - 7:00 pm for a sneak preview of the new gallery exhibit (friends and guests only)!
 
The new exhibit tracks evolution from wolf to domestic dog. Nine exhibit cases tell the story of domestication of our best friend. Are we gonna domesticate genes from the American Prairie Wolf – the coyote?
 
We will also have a few snacks and beverages.

Park in the Physical Plant parking lot just off of East Campus Road. The Museum entrance is located just under the Orca.
 
The Rest of the Story
 
A surprise was hidden in last week's newsletter. The photograph of the label attached to one of the Starling specimens had clearly printed on it: "Collection of A. C. Bent, Taunton, Mass." Arthur Cleveland Bent (1866-1954) was an important "amateur" ornithologist, known for the monumental 21 volume series entitled "Life Histories of North American Birds." In 1949 he received the Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal from the National Academy of Sciences, awarded for the publication of meritorious work in zoology or paleontology. The list of fellow awardees is a who's who of zoology in the twentieth century.
 
Bent's work was what you first consulted whenever you wanted to know something about a bird. It was the foundational forerunner of the present day online Birds of North America from the Cornell University Laboratory of Ornithology.
 
Remarkably, Bent was not an academic He was a successful businessman and traveled widely, birding at every opportunity, and often publishing in the journal of the American Ornithologists' Union. He began work on the Life Histories volumes in 1910 and published 19 volumes before his death. Two volumes were published posthumously.
 
Director Freeman says that there are about 80 specimens bearing the Bent label in the museum's collection. All were acquired in the recent purchase from Northeastern University that added so many marine mammals to our collection.
 
Thanks to Dale Hoyt for these observations
 
Please visit out our web site (http://www.gmnhfriends.org) for a list of Friends activities, officers and Board Members.
-- Cheers from Dac Crossley, President
Friends of the Georgia Museum of Natural History.
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