Monday, November 8, 2010

My World Tuesday

This is the Natural History Museum in Balboa Park, San Diego. Back in September they had a wonderful dinosaur exhibit.

We found this hanging above the entrance. It is an Extinct Gray Whale, as yet an unnamed species. If you are interested in finding out more about those in the photos that I can identify, just click on their names.

And here are its eggs.

On the other side of the dinosaur, you can see the skeleton. It's always very interesting to me to see how we 'work'.

I forgot to identify this cat unless it was a toothless saber-tooth tiger but I don't think so.
Added note: Kay over at An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel, helped me out in my identification of this cat. Her brother identified it as an American Lion, and according to the page on the website found here also sent to me by Kay, thanks Kay, it is indeed an American Lion, extinct 11,000 years ago and is a third again larger than the African Lion. Thanks so much Kay and thank you Brother of Kay!

There were very beautiful murals on the walls.

I think we all recognize these.

This is an extinct Sea Cow. You can see the Manatee and Dugong here.
Not sure what these animals were but they look rather like the lemur.

Always interesting in what I can glean from various websites, and I found the following information from this one (the first link right at the top of my post).

"You probably heard how dinosaurs went extinct: they were all killed one terrible day when a huge object from outer space - a comet or asteroid the size of at least 100,000 Superdomes - slammed into Earth around 65 million years ago. But this description is not quite correct.

Yes, a meteorite did pack an enormous punch, but current research indicates that the extinction of dinosaurs is a much more complicated story. First of all, dinosaurs are not extinct. Birds are living dinosaurs - survivors of the turmoil that wiped out their relatives like the T. rex. So what caused the chaos 65 million years ago? There's no doubt a comet or asteroid hit Earth around that time, and no doubt the impact had deadly consequences for life on Earth. But other factors, including massive volcanic eruptions and changing sea levels may have also played a roll in wiping out at least half of all species alive at the time.

Look closely at extinct animals.

A wide range of plants and animals, both on land and in the sea, went extinct 65 million years ago. The ferocious Tyrannosaurus rex was one of the last species of nonavian dinosaurs. The ancient mollusks known as ammonites disappeared quite suddenly 65 million years ago. The closest living relatives of ammonites include squid and the chambered nautilus."

Reading the above at the museum's website reminded me of a conversation I had with Gregg several days ago. He is reading a very interesting book called "What Technology Wants" by Kevin Kelly, and the author wrote that:

There are 30 million species on Planet Earth right now.

200,000,000 years ago there were 15 million species.

There are more species today than ever before in the history of the earth.

I also learned that American Indians had been in America 10,000 years before Columbus arrived.

And lastly there are six billion people on the planet and a hundred billion web pages.


Thank you Klaus, Sandy, Wren, Fishing Guy and Sylvia for hosting My World.

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  1. Wow, Denise, this is wonderful. I sort of knew there was such a place in Balboa Park, but being a San Diego Zoo fanatic, I went to the zoo without even wondering what might be inside here. Fantastic. I'm going to send a link to your blog to my brother who wanted to be either a paleontologist or an artist when he was young. So he's an artist (not a starving one) who still loves dinosaurs.
    -- K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  2. Terrific captures, Denise, and a fabulous post for the day! I lived in San Diego briefly a number of years ago and, of course, loved the San Diego Zoo. Always wanted to get to Balboa Park, but it just didn't happen before we left. Your photo tour is definitely the next best thing! Thanks for sharing with us! Hope you have a great week!


  3. cool building, exhibits and thoughts, D!

    Aloha from Waikiki :)

    Comfort Spiral



  4. Denise, my brother who isn't a paleontologist, looked at your blog, sent me an e-mail saying he thinks he'll take his kids to San Diego, and he thought the cat you couldn't identify is an American lion.
    Then he sent me another e-mail saying he looked it up and he was right. Smug of him. LOL

    -- Kay

  5. What an incredible, well thought out and researched post. That museum looks wonderful.

  6. An exceptional post today, Denise. Your visit to the museum was enviable, to be sure, but your fine photography made it almost as good as being there. ~karen

  7. I haven't been to a museum in ages and love looking at the dinosaur exhibits.......thanks for my "free" tour.

    Gill in Canada

  8. thank you for the wonderful virtual tour of the museum!

  9. What a great museum! & such a wonderful exhibit too.

  10. Wow, amazing photos of endangered species. I like going to museum it's very interesting and nice knowing the historical background of those things. I like the gian eggs of the dinousour, it's massive..

  11. Most interesting post, Denise, with wonderful accompanying photos.

  12. Dear Denise,
    Thanks so much for taking us with you in this fabulous tour!Beautiful pictures and so interesting museum!
    Hugs and a nice Tuesday

  13. Looks like a great museum :)

  14. Cool pics. Love places like this. Great ending to your post - amazing is right.

  15. Denise, this is such an interesting post and the information you gave I did not know, thanks. The pictures are so awesome as usual, you always do a great job.

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