Titanoboa: Monster Snake
July 2 through Sept. 25
The world’s largest snake slithered into Norman. At 48 feet long and weighing an estimated one-and-a-half tons, a realistic replica of Titanoboa, the largest snake on record, goes on display at the Sam Noble Museum July 2. Scientists believe that this colossal snake related to modern boa constrictors thrived in a hot tropical climate 60 million years ago, in the era after the mass extinction of the dinosaurs.
The startling discovery of Titanoboa was made in 2009 by a team of scientists working in one of the world’s largest open-pit coal mines at Cerrejón in La Guajira, Colombia. These collecting expeditions began in 2002 when a Colombian student visiting the coal mine made an intriguing discovery: a fossilized leaf that hinted at an ancient rainforest from the Paleocene epoch.
The exhibition is a collaboration between the Florida Museum of Natural History, the University of Nebraska and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. “Titanoboa” will travel to 15 cities on a national tour organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.
Be the Dinosaur
Through Sept. 5, 2016
A lifelike delight for the entire family, Be the Dinosaur features video game stations that require each player to decide — do they want to be an herbivore or a carnivore? The decision leads them on a virtual adventure for survival – deciding to eat the wrong plant or turning the wrong corner could spell the end of the game, which is set in an immersive recreation of the Cretaceous period, which took place over 65 million years ago.
While Be the Dinosaur is heavy on video game magic, it comes with a strong dose of education as well. The world of Be the Dinosaur is one of the world’s most extensive restorations of an extinct ecosystem ever created and visitors are able to explore what the day in the life of a dinosaur may have actually been like. In addition to the game stations, the exhibit also features a paleontology field station, a Safari Jeep.
Be the Dinosaur tickets:
Tickets to Be the Dinosaur are an additional surcharge and general museum admission is required. Summer Special “Be the Dinosaur” tickets are $2 for a 30-minute session for ages 4 and up and can be purchased at the front desk. Admission is complimentary for museum members and children 3 and under.
Through the Eyes of the Lynx: Galileo and the Microscope
Feb. 6 through Aug. 31, 2016
Through the Eyes of the Lynx is the second of two Galileo’s World exhibitions developed in collaboration with the University Libraries and the History of Science Collections. Galileo and the Academy of the Lynx, or Accademia dei Lincei, were responsible for the first published report of observations made with a microscope (Apiarium, 1625), as well as with the telescope. At the same time Galileo was making his telescopic discoveries, he was also experimenting with lenses to magnify the small. Another member of the Lincei, Johann Faber, named Galileo’s new instrument a microscope.
In antiquity, the lynx was renowned for possessing sharp eyesight at night. The founder of the Lincei, Federigo Cesi, believed that the eyes of the Lincei would peer more deeply into the secrets of nature than ever before. The keen eyes of the Academy of the Lynx stretched the boundaries of European thought in the life sciences just as with Galileo’s discoveries in the physical sciences.
This exhibition is in conjunction with Galileo's World: A Exhibition without Walls, a series of exhibits, events, and programs at the Bizzell Memorial Library, Sam Noble Museum, National Weather Center, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Headington Hall, Robert M. Bird Health Sciences Library and OU-Tulsa Schusterman Library in celebration of OU’s 125th anniversary. Beginning Aug. 2015 and running through Aug. 2016, Galileo’s World illustrates connections between science, art, literature, music, religion, philosophy, politics and culture. View the Galileo's World video here.