Artifact of the Week: Male Peafowl

Peafowl is the common name for this bird species known for its piercing calls and extravagant plumage. Male peafowl are referred to as peacocks, while the female is referred to as peahens, but both are generally called peacocks. Did you know that the tail of the peacock makes up 60% of its total length? Connect… Continue reading

Artifact of the Week: Colima Dog Figure

For the past 3,000 years, the Colima dog has been the animal most frequently portrayed in Western Mexican art. A relative of the Mexican hairless dog, it was highly regarded among ancient cultures such as the Colima as a guardian of the dead, healer of the sick, protector of the home and as a food… Continue reading

Artifact of the Week: Wolverine

Did you know that the wolverine is a member of the weasel family? That’s right, this ferocious meat-eater is the largest land-dwelling species of this family that also includes polecats, badgers, martens, and otters. Wolverines live in arctic and subarctic regions such as northern Canada and Alaska, where this specimen was collected. Connect with curiosity!

Artifact of the Week: Set of Dental Instruments

Did you know that the world’s first dental school was founded in 1840? However, until after the Civil War, most people sought dental care from their physicians or tried self-care because established dental offices were few and far between. As dental practitioners became more commonplace and professionalized, special dental tool sets like this one were… Continue reading

Artifact of the Week: Pineapple Coral

This pineapple coral is a species of stony coral native to the Caribbean Sea and western Atlantic Ocean. The coral forms large colonies of rounded domes that can get up to 16 inches around. While typically found on reefs at a depth of 90 feet or less, they can be found up to 230 feet… Continue reading

Artifact of the Week: Flying Gurnard

Found in warmer waters on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, the flying gurnard is a bottom-dwelling fish that usually lives around reefs. They like to explore the soft, sandy or muddy areas with the free part of their pectoral fins, the pair of fins located on each side of the fish just behind the… Continue reading

Artifact of the Week: Covered Wagon Model

The Conestoga wagon is a type of covered freight wagon that was used extensively during the late 18th century and early 19th century to transport heavy loads over rough roads. The term Conestoga is sometimes used interchangeably with “covered wagon,” but the name only refers to the specific type of broad-wheeled wagon first manufactured in… Continue reading

Artifact of the Week: Duck Skull

This skull belongs to a mallard, an omnivorous duck which eats both water plants and small animals. Like other species of birds, ducks do not have any actual teeth, but many species have rows of thin bristles in their mouths. If you look closely, you can see the bristles along the edge of the bill… Continue reading

Artifact of the Week: Foton Super Camera

Did you know that the Foton Super Camera could shoot up to six frames per second? This is quite fast for a 35mm camera, even by today’s standards. Bell & Howell’s effort to produce the best 35mm camera yielded this quality piece of workmanship and dependability. Unfortunately, the price tag of $700 right after World… Continue reading