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Northern Red-legged Frog

What happens if I kiss a frog? Will I get warts if I touch a frog or toad? 

Dr. Christian Sidor makes a snow wall to shelter his tent.

Rock exposures are rare in the icy wastes of Antarctica, but they are the only places where finding fossils is possible.

Bruce Crowley with the tusk found in Seattle.

Washington state is home to a wide variety of fossils. Best of all, there age has several fossil sites that are open to the public!

This 37-foot story pole carved by William Shelton is being repaired thanks to help from the community. 

While there have been enormous changes in Coast Salish Native diet and culture over the centuries, a core value of food has survived.

Model Chinese junk in the Burke collection

Model Chinese ships are an important record of this form of shipbuilding that preceded modern ships made of steel and fiberglass. 

Flowers and fruits of Citharexylum argutidentatum.

From Amazonian jungles to Mexico's deserts, the diversity of these ecosystems is unrivaled. It is home to earth’s greatest biodiversity.

Additional resources related to the First Peoples who speak the Coast Salish language.

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The totem pole, which had become a symbol of "a generalized American Indianess," was not a traditional art form of the southern Coast Salish peoples.

William Shelton carving

It is not possible to interpret what the pole really means without knowing the history of the pole and the family that owns it.

The Greater spear-nosed bat, Phyllostomus hastatus

Sharlene Santana studies how behavior, diet, anatomy and function result in bursts of diversification in tropical bats.

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