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A Natural History Lesson

Supposed to have been posted on June 9, 2016 (a day late again sorry!)

Yesterday, two of the research assistants in my lab took Shar and me out to lunch. We went to a nice (and cheap!) restaurant next to the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, a short walk from the engineering block of NUS.

Shar and I were glad to have been invited to lunch with Benjamin and Tin- we’ve been trying to get lunch with them at least twice a week, but every time we’re always the ones initiating the lunch outings. This time, the research asisstants asked us! It was sort of like one of those senpai-noticed-me type things hehe (if you know what I mean).

Over lunch, Shar and I asked Benjamin about life in Singapore (he’s lived here all his life) and talked to Tin about life in Vietnam (he moved here from there). Afterwards, all of us ended up going to the natural history museum next to the museum, which had free entrance for NUS staff and students (aka us).

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Really cool dinosaur bones

The museum was really cool, and there were many examples of native Singaporean plants and animals. Each area of the museum was dedicated to different organisms, ranging from plants to animals to mammals and even dinosaurs.

 

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Many varieties of SE Asian crabs
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More crabs! Plus bugs on the side
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More dinosaurs! This time it’s an aerial view.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have my selfie stick at the time, since this was a spontaneous museum trip 😦 But I still tried to take some funny pictures!

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Ayyyy this orangutan should play on an NBA team!

The museum even had live animal in tanks around the exhibit! In the picture below, there are some mudskippers, which are basically fish with legs. They live along coastal area (like mangroves) and just flop around the land and water. Their shorts gills are not conducive to a full-time underwater life, but their porous skin allows them to breath air easily. I actually saw some of these in the wild last week on Pulau Ubin!

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Yeah mudskippers!

It was interesting to learn about the natural history of Singapore and how the NUS museum specimens were collected by various scientists over the years. We spent about an hour here, which was a perfect amount of time to see everything. If you’re ever in the NUS area, this museum is worth checking out for an hour!

 

 

 

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