The UnNatural History Museum

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2014 Summer Program

Natural History Museums must assemble puzzles. They collect bones and fossils and then construct the beasts that left them behind. These clues are usually incomplete, and often jumbled. Even good science makes mistakes. Sometimes bad science makes guesses without enough evidence. There are mysteries: missing links. And there are hoaxes.

Build a Museum and fill it with mistakes and mysteries: cryptozoology. Construct mermaids, unicorns, sea serpents, London lions from around the world. Make and decode fossils. Uncover bones you can assemble into all manner of beasts. Use the creative guessing, legends and hoaxes of non science to understand the tools and rules that make real science work.

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