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  1. Shell Buttons

    Learn why the rivers of the Midwest produce the best buttons in the world, made from Mussel shells. Check out the step-by-step process of producing a shell button, something businesses along the Mississippi have been doing since 1891. Learn More
  2. Fossil Lake

    Some of the best examples of life during the Tertiary Period come from one extraordinary site in southwestern Wyoming called Fossil Lake. Although Fossil Lake has a cold, snowy climate today, its fossils offer us an unusual snapshot of a community of organisms that lived in a tropical lake 50 million years ago. Touch fossil fishes, insects, and the earliest known bat fossil cast. Learn More
  3. Skulls and Limbs

    This box includes skulls and skull casts from the American Alligator, Dog, Cat, American Beaver, Mouse, Human, and Road Runner, along with skeletal comparison sets of hind and front limbs. Explore the variation in skulls and limbs that show how animals and humans are highly adapted to different food sources and environments. Use this box with the Systems Biology Lesson "The Effect of Natural Selection on Genes, Traits and Individuals". Learn More
  4. Perch

    Take a dip in Lake Michigan and you might catch a glimpse of this common food fish. The body shape and coloration of the Perch and Yellow Pike Perch make it ideally suited for shallow plant-filled waters. Learn More
  5. Rock Bass

    Check out the features of the abundant Rock Bass, found throughout the United States. The small size, and muddy taste of this member of the sunfish family make it a low priority for fishermen. Learn More
  6. Life Along the Nile

    The Nile River was a source of water and life for the Ancient Egyptians. Examine a fishing net, papyrus paper, and other objects in this box to identify common themes of life along the Nile. Learn to operate a model of a shaduf, an ancient water-lifting device still in use today. Then, hold a debate about whether life in Ancient Egypt could have existed without the Nile River. Learn More
  7. Animal Habitats: Pond

    Animals live where they can find resources to meet their needs for food, water, shelter, and reproduction. These places are called habitats. Animals that share the same habitat often interact with and depend on other plant and animal species in the habitat. Use the contents of this box to make connections between animals and a pond habitat through dramatic play with pond puppets and contrast real specimens of dragonflies, beaver pelts, bluegills, and turtle shells. Learn More
  8. Dogfish

    Observe the unique physical characteristics of this unmistakable fish. The hard bony head, slender form, and long back fin of the Dogfish can be spotted only in the quiet waters of the eastern United States. Learn More
  9. Wall-eyed Pike (1)

    You will find this fish only in the deep lakes of the Midwest. The Wall-eyed Pike is only a close relative of the Pike family. It is an important food for humans. Learn More
  10. Whitefish

    Discover the important use these fish have had as food for early American settlers. The Common Whitefish remains as one of the most important food fishes of the internal waters of North America. Learn More

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