"Stegodon huanghoensis (Huang He Elephant)" (Cenozoic Quaternary) COLLECTION OF AND PHOTO BY MIE PREFECTURAL MUSEUM


“Fossil: Messages From the Past”

Osaka Museum of Natural History


This show presents about 900 fossils spanning billions of years of Earth’s existence. The collection, which includes fossils of dinosaurs, plants, and insects trapped in resin, is displayed in chronological order so that visitors can not only learn about fossilization, but also visualize the evolution of creatures that existed in prehistoric times.

Highlights include a 7.6-meter long skeleton of a Stegodon huanghoensis, also known as Huang He Elephant, and 2.5-million-year-old fossils of an elephant and deer’s footprints, which were discovered in Shiga Prefecture; July 2-Aug. 28.

Osaka Museum of Natural History, (06) 6697-6221, 1-23 Nagai Koen, Higashi Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka; 10-min. walk east of Nagai Station (South Exit 3), Midosuji Line. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥500. Closed Mon.; open holidays and closed the following day. www.mus-nh.city.osaka.jp.


Source: Japan Times, Friday, July 1, 2011