Harvard Museum of Natural History

There’s nothing quite like a visit to a natural history museum to remind you of the wondrous diversity of animal life past and present. Today I took my kids to the Harvard Museum of Natural History, and we marveled together at some of the creatures on display there:

The “terrible claw” of aptly-named Deinonychus:
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The strange forms and bright colors of various insects:
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The possibly unrivaled peculiarity of the platypus among modern animals:
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The dense osteodermal armor of an ancient glyptodont:
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And — what most impressed my two-going-on-three-year-old — the massive, horned skull of Triceratops horridus:
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