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Fernbank Museum Of Natural History

For my field trip assignment, I decided to visit the Fernbank Museum Of Natural History. Located in Atlanta Georgia, the Fernbank Museum has a small cafe, an IMAX theater, museum stores, and many different exhibits, including hands on experiences that cater more to children. Aesthetically from the outside, Fernbank looks like a grand brick building situated in the middle of a woodsy area. Three tall dinosaur structures greet you while walking through the front door, and upon entering, after obtaing your tickets, you walk into the main foyer where you can see the main room and winding staircases that lead you up and down the three story building. Looking through the many exhibits, I found many objects that interested me, but, throughout the paper I will focus on five objects that tie into the readings in our anthropology textbook and course.

The first item that I found interesting was a replica of a Stegosaurus dinosaur. The Stegosaurus dinosaur was about eight feet tall, and happened to be in the Great Hall, alongside replicas of the tyranosaurus rex, pterodactyl, and hadrosaur. Found in the section named "A Walkthrough Time in Georgia" the Stegasosaurus replica was about 9 feet tall, and showed what the skeletal body would look like in great detail. The plackard placed below the stegosaurous stated that "stegosaurous had a walnut-sized brain" and that "the characteristic plates on the back of a Stegosaurus have never been found attatched to the body in fossils". the Stegosaurus dinosaur is originally from the jurrassic period, and was donated to the Fernbank museum by Dr. and Mrs. David Noble.

After walking through the "Extreme Mammals" exhibit the second object that I found interesting happened to be a replica of a Megatherium The replica of the Megatherium which is a large sloth-like creature seemed to be about ten feet tall, and was leaning against a tree branch. Megatheriums roamed the earth about 5.3 million years ago and lived durig the plesticone period. An interesting fact on the plackard next to the Megatherium stated that the animal "weighed appoximately 6,000 lbs, and were up to 20 feet long".

On November 24th, the date that I happennned to visit the Fernbank Museum they had a special exhibit called "Marco Polo Man and Myth". The exhibit focused on the travels of Marco Polo, and objects of expressive culture, which our textbook defines as dance, music, paintings, sculpture, pottery cloth, stories, drama, etc. One expressive culture object in the Marco Polo exhibit that I found quite interesting was the Marco Polo Effigy Statue. the statue looked almost like a golden Buddha statue that one would see in a Buddhist Temple about 24 inches high and 12 inches wide; but, after reading the plackard placed next in front of the statue, I learned that it was actually made of " carved and guilded woodwith red and black polychrome" and was carved by an anonymous chinese sculptor in the 19th...

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