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UA Museums Department of Research and Collections

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News

MothFest 2018

poster featuring common moths of the united states

This year’s MothFest was a huge success! The attendance more than tripled from last year, and there were more activities and things to see. To read more about the event, as well as see pictures, you can read the article written by the Tuscaloosa News here!

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“Sweetie” the Mosasaur Makes Her Debut Appearance

  In February of 2018, paleontologists Dr. Takehito Ikejiri and Dr. Lynn Harrell delved into UA’s Natural History Collection to retrieve “Sweetie”, a¬†Mosasaurus maximus¬†fossil specimen. As explained in a Youtube video by Kendra Abbott, ecologist and nature lover, Dr. Ikejiri and Dr. Harrell were removing Sweetie from the collection to lay out her bones so

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Stolen Moundville Archaeological Park Pottery

  In 1980, 264 pottery vessels were stolen during a break-in at the Erskine Ramsay Archaeological Repository at Moundville Archaeological Park and have been missing ever since. An investigation by local police, the F.B.I., and publications in the Journal of Field Archaeology could not help bring the missing artifacts back. Now that the internet and

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