Wednesday, October 26, 2005


KU Natural History Museum: Explore Evolution

A new exhibit, Explore Evolution, opens Tuesday at the University of Kansas Natural History Museum in Lawrence. The new exhibit is funded through a $2.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation, is a partnership of six museums.

Explore Evolution focuses on seven research projects that have made a major contribution to our understanding of evolution: the work of Charles Wood on the rapid evolution of HIV, Edward Theriot and Sheri Fritz on the emergence of a new diatom species in the fossil record, Cameron Currie on fungus-growing ants and their coevolving partners, Kenneth Kaneshiro on sexual selection among Hawaiian flies, Rosemary and Peter Grant on Galápagos finches, Svante Pääbo and Henrik Kaessmann on the genetic ties between humans and chimps, and Philip Gingerich on fossil discoveries of walking whales. The new permanent interactive exhibit galleries will give visitors an opportunity to experience aspects of the research conducted by the scientists.

Entrance to the exhibit is free, however, there is a suggested donation is $3 for adults, $2 for children to enter the museum. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday


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