McClung Museum News

What’s Your Big Idea? Dinosaurs!

Big Orange Big IdeasJefferson Chapman, director of the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, talks about a really big idea—the addition of a “big,” 2,400-pound, twenty-four-foot-long bronze skeleton of an Edmontosaurus annectens, a hadrosaur (or duck-billed) dinosaur to the museum.

McClung Museum Curator Discusses Near-Extinct Mussels at Science Forum

Alabama lampmussels—once thought to be extinct—are the topic of discussion at this week’s Science Forum. Gerry Dinkins, of the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, will present “Rediscovery of the Nearly Extinct Alabama Lampmussel in the Emory River” on Friday, November 1. The presentation will begin at noon in Room C-D of Thompson-Boling Arena. Attendees can bring lunch or purchase it at the arena.

McClung Museum Welcomes Life-Size Dinosaur Sculpture

Campus is now home to the oldest and the newest Volunteer. A 2,400-pound, 24-foot-long bronze skeleton of an Edmontosaurus annectens—a hadrosaur, or duck-billed dinosaur—was installed today outside the front entrance of the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture as part of the museum’s fiftieth anniversary celebration.

McClung Museum Hosts Free Family Day on Pueblo Pottery November 2

The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will offer a free family activity day to showcase the current temporary exhibition Pueblo to Pueblo: the Legacy of Southwest Indian Pottery on Saturday, November 2. The event will take place from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The exhibit, which is on display through January 5, 2014, features more than seventy Pueblo Indian pottery vessels from Arizona and New Mexico.

Dinosaur Expert to Speak at McClung Museum October 27

Plant-eating dinosaurs of the Southeast will be the topic of the next lecture at the McClung Museum of Natural History on Sunday, October 27. Dinosaur expert Marc Spencer will speak at 2:00 p.m. in the museum’s auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Spencer is a professor in the Department of Anatomy and Pathology at Marshall University.

Egyptian Mummy Expert to Speak at McClung Museum October 15

Mummy expert Salima Ikram will speak at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture on Tuesday, October 15. The presentation is part of the museum’s fiftieth anniversary celebration. Ikram is a professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo and director of the Animal Mummy Project.

McClung Museum Hosts Archaeology, Fossil Day Activities October 13

In celebration of International Archaeology Day and National Fossil Day, the McClung Museum will host a family-friendly event, “Can You Dig It?” on Sunday, October 13. The event, from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m., will feature activities about archaeology and fossils. It is free and open to the public and reservations are not required.The event will include activities for children, and visitors may bring artifacts, rocks, and fossils for identification.

Archaeological Institute of America Lecture Series Begins at UT October 8

The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture and the East Tennessee Society of the Archaeological Institute of America will begin their annual lecture series on Tuesday, October 8, with a presentation by UT professors Erin Darby and Robert Darby, who will talk about their recent archaeological excavations at ‘Ayn Gharandal, Jordan.