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Charlie and Kiwi’s Evolutionary Adventure Leads them to the Montshire Museum

Jan 11, 2012
For Immediate Release

Go on an evolutionary adventure and discover the link between dinosaurs and modern birds, when Charlie and Kiwi's Evolutionary Adventure exhibition opens at the Montshire Museum of Science January 21, 2012.

Charlie and Kiwi's adventure unfolds in an intimate theater on a giant digital storybook screen. Audiences travel back in time during the 12-minute video, "Charlie and the Very Odd Bird", starring Charlie and his great, great, great, great grandfather as they discover how and why the flightless kiwi is still a bird. Through the charming drawings of Peter Reynolds, award-winning illustrator of "Judy Moody" and other children's books, visitors see how Charlie comes to understand the origins of birds and why they are all so different from each other. 

The exhibition invites visitors to see evidence that dinosaurs are the ancestors of modern birds by viewing the homologous bones of a Bambiraptor (a dinosaur), archaeopteryx (one of the first birds) and comparing them to those of a modern crow. An interactive computerized exhibit station allows visitors to adjust the speed up time so they can witness the evolution of birds with their own eyes. Fun puzzles show how birds have adapted to a variety of environments.

One exhibit includes an assortment of living birds of the same species. Visitors observe the slight differences between the birds by examining the colors, shapes and sizes of their beaks, legs and feet. Variations like these in natural populations are the source of evolution by natural selection. Through a variety of discovery boxes, visitors play games, work puzzles, and participate in hands-on activities that enhance understanding of evolutionary concepts.

Charlie and Kiwi's Evolutionary Adventure, funded by a generous grant from the National Science Foundation, is a project of the New York Hall of Science, the University of Michigan, the Miami Science Museum and the North Museum of Natural History and Science.

Charlie and Kiwi's Evolutionary Adventure will be at the Montshire Museum of Science through May 6, 2012. The exhibition was funded in part by donors to Montshire's "100+ Challenge Campaign."