Norman scientists stage 'antique bones show'

People with found natural history objects such as old bones or fossilized remains got help identifying them Sunday at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History's Science in Action and Object Identification Day.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Modified: February 26, 2013 at 6:15 pm •  Published: February 27, 2013
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— The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History's annual Science in Action and Object Identification Day could just as easily be called the “antique bones show.”

Nearly 1,000 people toted old bones, fossils and other natural history objects to the museum Sunday so scientists could identify their finds for them.

Darrell Glenn found out his heavy, rounded fossilized remain was part of an ammonite, an extinct relative of today's squid or octopus. A museum scientist dated it from the Cretaceous period and told Glenn the piece was probably about 100 million years old.

Aidann Attaway, 8, learned he had an ammonite similar to today's nautilus, probably 100 million years old or older, and a petrified oyster.

Some came to show off found natural rock formations such as large geodes or unusual sandstone pieces. Many came to look at displays representing the museum's collections of old bones, fossils and other objects.

Museum staff from such disciplines as archaeology, ethnology, genomic resources, reptiles and amphibians, mammals, American Indian languages, birds, paleobotany and modern invertebrates (such as insects) participated in the fact-finding event.


by Jane Glenn Cannon
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A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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