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A 300-Million-Year-Old Ohio Discovery
In a study published in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers from Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian, and Harvard University’s Museum of Comparative Zoology announced the discovery of the earliest known edaphosaurid synapsid, which was the ancient precursor of mammals widely recognized for their spine-supporting sails on their backs. The two fossils were discovered in eastern Ohio and date back more than 300 million years. “This is such an exciting find,” says Amy Henrici, collection manager for the Section of Vertebrate Paleontology at Carnegie Museum of Natural History and one of the study’s authors. “We now have a much better understanding of how terrestrial animals first adapted as plant eaters, which had a profound impact on global ecosystems.”
“We chose this model partly because it has such a great story attached to it, but also because it seemed like a nice way to honor health care workers after years of caring for a community in a pandemic.”– Nikki Wilhelm, manager of the Miniature Railroad and Village®, on the addition of the original “Pittsburgh Hospital for Children,” which opened in a converted mansion in 1890.
A New Film Series Announced
Carnegie Museum of Art has launched a new annual film series, with an inaugural lineup of 17 films. Programmed by the internationally acclaimed filmmaker Tony Buba, of Braddock, (pictured above), the films will be shown in Carnegie Museum of Art Theater and the outdoor Sculpture Court. Filmgoers can look forward to monthly viewings accompanied by a brief introduction from a featured filmmaker, director, or group of speakers.
Props for the Warhol
The Andy Warhol Museum has been named one of the nation’s best art museums by readers of USA Today. The news organization’s “10 Best” awards ranked The Warhol No. 4 overall, citing the museum’s expansive collection and comprehensive look at Warhol’s life and career.
Test your Mettle
Visitors to the North Shore are used to watching world-class athletes perform at Acrisure Stadium and PNC Park. Now, Carnegie Science Center visitors can see how they’d measure up against the world’s best at Motion Lab, a new permanent exhibit at Highmark SportsWorks®. Participants can record themselves shooting a basketball, throwing a baseball, and more, and then compare their movements to the pros.
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