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Some of the exhibits were still in a state of not-quite-completeness. Here we observe a go game which has barely started. Interestingly (and quite impressively) this looks like a fairly realistic game and that the people who set up the exhibit actually knew how to play.

This is Hammurabi's code of laws. It is one of the first examples of a formal legal system... ever. This is a replica, the real thing is in the Louvre somewhere (I may even have a picture of it).

Elephants! Most of the exhibits are three dimensional and meticulously well-presented.

Grrrr Tigers.

This wall was created to highlight the wonders of biodiversity and to warn us that, if we're not careful, we may wipe out lots of species of stuff.

There was a very impressive hall with a very impressive marine exhibit inside and an impressively large model of a blue whale. Try as I might, I couldn't get the whole thing in one shot.

A depiction of the hitherto undiscovered scene from Moby Dick where Captain Ahab tries a different strategy and feeds the whale a squid which has been left out of the fridge for more than four hours. In the end, the whale outsmarts the squid by increasing its topological genus.

Another very spiffy exhibit, this time highlighting how different species of fish are related. Try as I might, I couldn't find the exhibit on intelligent design... or the flying spaghetti monster for that matter.

This is a very very large millipede. Despite its name, the milipede only has about a hundred legs (although it is sometimes uncertain just how many "L"s it has)

This is the mosquito that causes malaria. If only we'd known to find it in this museum sooner, then sub-saharan africa would be much better off. We are going to need a very large flyswat.

Soil... apparently if you really want to annoy someone who researches soil, call it "dirt".

Early man... well... just before early man. Oh, and I nearly forgot, early woman too. Notice she is looking away from the man. (She is probably looking for a mate with a bigger... brain)

Speaking of brains.

Here is Lucy, one of anthropology's most significant finds. She is the earliest, and remarkably very complete, examples of the australopithecus afarensis.

And, naturally, as is customary for any museum of natural history, a vast collection of rocks... and, keeping in custom with all things "New York", here are some very big rocks.

Perhaps we can adopt this one as a pet.

Some mooses... meece... ? These are the Alaskan variety.

They could've put a small meteorite on display, but NooooOOOOoooo, they went and found a big one. This one is composed mostly of iron. The gaps are where there was other stuff, and it burned away when the meteorite entered the earth's atmosphere.

This curious looking thing is called a biosphere. Supposedly, it is supposed to be completely sealed off from the rest of the world, needing only light to sustain its life. That life being some seaweed and brine shrimps. Still, its pretty impressive.

Now, for some more food. This time, I return to Jean Georges for some action in the formal dining section. Here we have Salmon Sashimi on garlic bread with roe, a Spinach Soup with a touch of lime consume at the bottom, and a spoon with a thin slice of blood orange with some white spring onion.


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