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What: Public Opening of “Invertebrate Jaws: No Bones about It”

 

When: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 13.  The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 19. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

 

Where: Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens at UTEP, corner of University Avenue and Wiggins Road.

 

EL PASO, Texas – The Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens, in conjunction with The University of Texas at El Paso’s Department of Biological Sciences, presents the exhibit “Invertebrate Jaws: No Bones About It” that explores how the jaws of tiny invertebrate animals (animals without a spine) work and how they differ from other animals. Despite their size, all animals have to eat. What allows them to eat – jaws – varies drastically, especially between vertebrates and invertebrates.

 

The exhibit “Invertebrate Jaws” is based on research done by Elizabeth Walsh, Ph.D., a professor of biological sciences at UTEP. She, along with colleagues from Ripon College (Wisconsin) and the University of Massachusetts Lowell, looked at how these tiny jaws evolved to suit an organism’s lifestyle and how they function compared to jaws of vertebrate animals, such as fish, frogs, turtles, birds and mammals.

 

This family-friendly exhibit will allow visitors to explore this little-known world of “jaws.” The exhibit will

feature impressive photographs and explanations, as well as hands-on activities for young visitors. They will be able to learn the answers to such questions as:

·       What are jaws and how do they work?

·       What are jaws made of?

·       How do jaws work in organisms that don’t have bones (invertebrates)?

·       How have jaws evolved over time?

 



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