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A trip to The Beneski Museum of Natural History Part-1


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The glorious warm weather we encountered this Saturday prompted us to go check out Doane falls in Royalston, MA. After spending a couple of hours hiking along the beautiful waterfalls, we decided to pay a visit to one of our favorite museums in Amherst. Located on the campus of Amherst College is the Beneski Museum of Natural History which houses an extensive collection of Edward Hitchcock's “Dinosaur tracks from the Connecticut river valley” and a large collection of fossils from mammoths to ammonites to rocks. The admission is free of cost. The museum has 3 floors and is accessible. Even though it's not too big. It has a nice variety of specimens. 

Words are not enough to describe the museum so I took some pictures of everything that caught my eye. Hope you enjoy the pictures.

Please forgive me for any glare that you see in the pictures. Let’s start with Dinosaurs, Mammoths and skeletons of other species.



This is the specimen of a Moose like creature.



The specimen on top is a Mammoth and the one on the bottom is the ancestor of present day bears.



The specimen on top is a Colombian Wooly Mammoth,the one on the bottom right is a saber-toothed cat and the one on the left is an ancestor of modern day wolves and dogs. Forgive me for not including the scientific names.



Closeup of the relative of modern day wolves and dogs.



A collection of mammals from ancestors of rhinos,cows to camels.


Let's move on to a bit older and bigger beasts and everyone's favorite Dinosaurs.




A plaster cast of a T-Rex skull and a dinosaur nest.



Now moving onto the much awaited Dinosaur tracks...


Here's a link to the playlist which has an audio and video tour of some of the dinosaur trackways and things like fossilized rain droplets and water ripples.

Audio/Video Tour

Here’s a link to the PDF Version if someone wants to read.




This post has already become a bit too heavy to edit. So keep an eye out for Part-2.

Hope you enjoyed my post so far.



















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This is a great museum. I've been there twice, and always is an enjoyable time.

Thanks for the virtual visit, Vee! :)

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