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Enter the lobby of the Florida Museum of Natural History, and you are greeted by the skeletons of a Mastodon and Mammoth, both found in a North Florida river. Permanent exhibits in the Museum also include Butterfly Rainforest, Florida Fossils-Evolution of Life and Land, Waterways and Wildlife, and People and Environments which is based extensively on the Museum's archaeological and ecological research. There are a number of online exhibits including South Florida Aquatic Environments, and Fossil Horses in Cyberspace where one can learn about paleontology and evolution by exploring stratigraphy, geological time scales and the rich fossil record of horses. Traveling Inquiry Boxes are available at low cost, and include a collection of objects with participatory lessons and activities that are designed to be flexible. Many of the research collections are searchable online, and step by step outlines of several exhibit designs are viewable online as well. The Museum, in conjunction with the University of Florida, has established the Katharine Ordway Chair of Ecosystem Conservation, and the Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity which fosters research on insects. The Museum produces and rents several traveling exhibits. Full information is available online.
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