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  • MNCH fossil collections director Greg Retallack and colleague Nora Noffke discover the world's oldest soil
  • Research by MNCH paleontologist and fossil collections director Greg Retallack sheds surprising light on a fossil organism. Read about it in Newsweek and New Scientist.  
  • MNCH executive director Jon Erlandson discusses game-changing research in the November 3, 2017 issue of Science, and Discover Magazine reports.  
  • MNCH researcher and paleontologist Ted Fremd is presented the Morris F. Skinner Award at the 2017 meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology for his outstanding contributions to the field. Read more.
  • KVAL News features MNCH director of paleontological collections Greg Retallack as he shares our knowledge of climate change in the deep past and what fossils can foretell of our climate future at the Eugene Public Library.
  • MNCH director Jon Erlandson weighs in on coastal migration and the peopling of the Americas in a recent Science article.  
  • A team of coastal archaeologists uncover new evidence of an ancient human presence on California's Santa Rosa Island. Around the O and the Ventura County Star talk with MNCH director Jon Erlandson about the exciting finds.  
  • Families had an astronomically good time at our eclipse-focused spring family day, and KEZI-9 News, the Register-Guard, and KVAL News joined the fun. 
  • Dennis Jenkins returns to Paisley Caves with an international team of archaeologists and new sampling techniques. Read about it on Around the O
  • Research by MNCH archaeologist Dennis Jenkins suggests that bedbugs were biting people at Paisley Caves as long as 11,000 years ago. Read about it in Scientific American and Archaeology magazine. 
  • C-SPAN 3 joined Dennis jenkins in his lab for a talk about Paisley Caves and the First Americans. 
  • In the journal Science, MNCH paleobiologist Edward Davis helps put a 'paleo' spin on wildlands conservation. Read more.
  • New NatGeo series features MNCH field school site in its exploration of human origins. Read more
  • MNCH archaeologist Dennis Jenkins joins Jefferson Public Radio to talk about horse fossils uncovered at the Paisley Caves, and what they reveal about life in Oregon during the last ice age.   
  • MNCH executive director Jon Erlandson's research was featured in the January 2017 Earth Magazine article on the First Americans. 
  • American Archaeology cites MNCH director Jon Erlandson in its winter 2016-17 piece on the peopling of the Americas. 



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Explore Oregon
The Explore Oregon exhibit hall opened in May 2014, representing a major expansion of the museum's public exhibition space and its coverage of the Pacific Northwest's natural history. Learn about the exhibit - and the inspiration behind it - through this short video.

The Kelp Highway
Coastal archaeologist and MNCH executive director Jon Erlandson takes us on an ancient maritime journey in this short film by student filmmaker Alex Wowra. 

Explore Oregon with the Duck!
Join the University of Oregon Duck for a fun-filled romp through the Explore Oregon exhibit hall.

Roadside Geology of Oregon
Learn about Oregon's diverse geological provinces with Dr. Marli Miller, author of the second edition of Roadside Geology of Oregon, and curator of the Road Trip! exhibit.

Luther Cressman: Quest for First People
In the 1930s, archaeologist Luther Cressman made a series of discoveries that shocked the scientific world. They included a cache of 75 sagebrush sandals that proved to be the oldest shoes ever found. He believed people were in the Americas far earlier than most researchers thought possible. Today, modern science may finally prove him right. In 2014, Oregon Public Broadcasting produced a special Oregon Experience episode devoted to Cressman. 

75th Anniversary Video
In 2010 the museum celebrated its 75th anniversary. A video was commissioned to mark the occasion. It also provides a wonderful introduction to the museum.

Archaeology Lecture Series
The museum presents its Archaeology Lecture Series during the fall, bringing notable scholars from around the country to present on topics in prehistory, historical archaeology, zooarchaeology, and more.

Visit the museum's YouTube channel for more! 

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