Science Sunday: Taking a Trip Through Time

Today, we are using Science Alley, our main lobby level, to take a trip through time. This 166 square foot space will help us to show the geological age of the Earth and when different forms of life appeared for the first time. Starting 4.5 billion years ago, we are going to travel through time …

The Antarctic Florist Kingdom

Today Antarctica is a frozen desert. The few plants that survive here- mosses, lichens, liverworts, algae, a single species of hair grass, and a flowering pearlwort- are restricted to the ice-free areas of the Antarctic Peninsula.  But as the movie Dinosaurs of Antarctica shows us, the southernmost continent was not always so cold and barren.  …

Neovenator’s Sensitive Snout

In the Connecticut Science Center’s latest exhibit, “Dinosaurs Around the World” you can find an unusual predatory dinosaur, Neovenator, which sports an elaborate crown of crests and ridges on its head. Paleontologists think these features may have been used by this dinosaur for social behavior such as attracting a mate or intimidating rivals. But head …

Exploring the Evolution of Spinosaurus

In the Connecticut Science Center’s newest permanent exhibit, Genome in Me, you can learn about the cutting edge science of genomics. Genes have evolved over time to adapt to the environment the species lives in through a process called natural selection. In a population of living creatures there will always be variations among numerous traits. …