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Antonia Santangelo On Identification Day At The American Museum Of Natural History (PR)
posted May 27, 2009


Identification Day: a Milstein Science Saturday

At the American Museum of natural history

Museum Scientists identify Visitors’ objects

under the big blue whale

WHEN Saturday, June 13, 12:30–3:30 pm

WHAT The American Museum of Natural History’s Identification Day: A Milstein Science Saturday is like a natural history Antiques Roadshow. Visitors are invited to bring in shells, rocks, insects, arrowheads, feathers, fossils, bones, pottery, textiles, or any other natural or cultural object that has had them puzzled and perplexed for a thorough going-over by Museum scientists. Items identified on previous Identification Days include a dinosaur egg, a whale’s jawbone, a green beetle bracelet from Brazil, a sponge-bored conch shell, a 5,000-year-old stone spear point, and fake trilobite fossils from Morocco. Participating in this year’s Identification Day will be scientists and researchers from the departments of Anthropology, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Herpetology, Ichthyology, Ornithology, Invertebrate Zoology, and Paleontology.

In conjunction with the Museum’s current exhibition Extreme Mammals: The Biggest, Smallest, and Most Amazing Mammals of All Time, this year’s Identification Day will include a display of Museum specimens related to the exhibition, as well as presentations by comic book artists Larry Hama (G.I. Joe, Wolverine, Elektra), Paola Rivera (Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, X-Men), and Phil Jimenez (The Amazing Spiderman, Wonder Woman, New X-men, The Invisibles). These artists will draw for visitors and demonstrate how translating mammalian traits into superhero powers created Wolverine, Beast, and other comic characters. During this family-friendly event, children will be invited to sketch their own characters, with advice from the artists.

Please note: There will be no appraisals, and gemstones will not be identified.

WHERE Milstein Hall of Ocean Life

American Museum of Natural History

TICKETS Free with Museum admission

INFO For questions or photos regarding this event, please contact Antonia Santangelo

at 212-769-5310 or

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Antonia Santangelo


Communications Department

American Museum of Natural History

Central Park West at 79th Street

New York, NY 10024

T: (212) 769-5310

F: (212) 769-5006