A long time ago in a canyon far far away… prehistoric animals left traces of their existence for scientists to discover. We celebrate those discoveries and their contributions to science with National Fossil Day. This year’s focus is the rich knowledge gained from the fossils found at the Grand Canyon National Park
This year’s promotional artwork depicts a 9 foot long Shasta Ground Sloth entering Rampart Cave on the west end of the park, surrounded by the large droppings that remained fossilized in the cave for around 11,000- 40,000 years. The fossilized dung has provided a wealth of information about the local plants and environmental conditions from the sloth’s time.
Also included in the artwork is an extinct vampire bat, a distant but larger cousin to living vampire bats in Central and South America. Remains found in the cave suggests these bats may have fed on the blood of the Shasta Ground Sloth. Prehistoric life could be pretty rough!
The Grand Canyon might seem far from Moraine Valley, but you’re closer to fossils than you might think. Mazon Creek is a well-known fossil collecting site in Illinois, famous for its excellent preservation and fossil variety.
One of the more interesting findings to come out of Mazon Creek is now the Illinois state fossil. Known as the Tully Monster (Tullimonstrum gregarium), scientists currently believe it was a soft-bodied invertebrate that lived on the sea floor back when Illinois used to sit near the equator. Its strange body shape has left scientists stumped as to what kind of animal it actually was.
The library has plenty of books and media to satisfy your need for fossil knowledge. Find them here!
This winter, area students, both from Moraine and from other colleges and universities, will have the opportunity to take a course during the semester break. All but one course are online opportunities to get ahead on your college education. Registration begins on November 7 and all of the details are here.
The days are getting shorter, which means chlorophyll production in trees is slowing. This lets the true colors of leaves come through. During the next few weeks, Fall colors will be everywhere. Whether you want to see the local showing or plan to take a leaf peeping trip, it helps to have an idea of when the best time to catch colors at their peak will be. This interactive Fall Foliage map from Smokymountains.com might help. You can view the predicted September through November progression of colors throughout the country.
With talk of impeachment in the news, some of you may be interested in doing research on the topic. We have many books and a few e-journal articles you can find here. You can also search for articles through many of our database categories like government information, history, military information, and news. Also, you will find information in a few of our multiple subject databases like Academic Search Complete, JSTOR, MasterFILE, and SIRS Researcher.
If you took the best of the Twilight Zone, Twin Peaks, and Black Mirror you just might come close to the brilliance of W. Maxwell Prince’s Ice Cream Man. This is existential horror and dread at its finest. Read the first three volumes (12 issues) of this new Image Comics series in time for Halloween. You won’t be disappointed.
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If you are the many that have been waiting an eternity for My Hero Academia to return, you are in luck! The midterm gods have blessed you for all your hard work with the season 4 premiere this Saturday, October 12th!
Refresh your knowledge of Izuku and the gang by checking out our entire collection of My Hero Academia in the library.