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August 11, 2021


Monday: Closed*

Tuesday: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Wednesday: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Thursday: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Friday: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Children 3 and under:  Free

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Members: Free

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Complimentary parking is available in the Idaho State University's General Parking Lot 01, on the west-side of the pine trees. Can be accessed at the intersection of 5th Avenue and Dillon Street. Parking is marked for Museum Patrons. If museum parking is full a pass can be obtained at the front desk.

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Science and Research News

Paleoart of fossil fish

Dr. Brandon Peecook et al just published Freshwater fish faunas from two Permian rift valleys of Zambia, novel additions to the ichthyofauna of southern Pangea in Journal of African Earth Sciences. The paper describes the fishy fragments and surprising diversity of small to medium-sized sharks that lived in the area. We also compared these freshwater fishes to others from 'southern Pangea' in Chile, Brazil, South Africa, and Australia today, showing that, like the land-living animals and plants, the fish communities were very similar.

During the Permian and Triassic periods the continents were united in Pangea. Brandon’s work in Zambia takes place in what was then the middle of the supercontinent. Most of the fossils are found belong to land-living animals (including early relatives of mammals and dinosaurs), but occasionally there are bits of fishes that lived in the freshwater rivers and lakes.

Some of the fossils were discovered in the 1970s, and Brandon found them in a museum during his PhD research. Brandon says, “I wanted to find more, so we relocated the site in 2019 when conducting fieldwork in Zambia with a National Geographic grant I received.”

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Image by Alain Beneteau

Newly identified saber-toothed cat is one of largest in history

An artist’s depiction of Machairodus lahayishupup eating Hemiauchenia, a camel relative. The image is part of a mural of the Rattlesnake Formation of central Oregon, where fossils of the newly identified species have been found. The mural is exhibited at John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, part of the National Park Service.

IMNH specimens helped to identify a giant saber-toothed cat that lived in North America between 5 million and 9 million years ago, weighing up to 900 pounds and hunting prey that likely weighed 1,000 to 2,000 pounds, scientists reported today in a new study.

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