Cockroaches Mini-Exhibit Opens September 29, 2012, at Harvard Museum of Natural History

August 12, 2012

Cockroaches Mini-Exhibit opens September 29, 2012 at Harvard Museum of Natural History

A group of adaptable arthropods are among the oldest land-living animals on Earth. They thrived in lush coal forests 300 million years ago, survived multiple mass extinctions, and today represent 4,500 species, including some of the most beautiful and colorful insects on the planet. Nurturing parents, these insects often carry and protect their young, and some species even feed them with a kind of “milk” made from their own bodies. Who are they? The answer may surprise you. They’re cockroaches!

You have no doubt heard the negative propaganda. Now come learn the real and amazing truth about these much maligned and misunderstood insects in a new mini-exhibit at the Harvard Museum of Natural History.

The Harvard Museum of Natural History is located at 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA, a 7-8 minute walk from the Harvard Square. The museum is handicapped accessible. For general information please call 617.495.3045 or visit www.hmnh.harvard.edu.

About the Harvard Museum of Natural History

With a mission to enhance public understanding and appreciation of the natural world and the human place in it, the Harvard Museum of Natural History draws on the University’s collections and research to present an historic and interdisciplinary exploration of science and nature. More than 190,000 visitors annually make it the University’s most-visited museum.

Harvard Museum of Natural History is located at 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge. For general information, please see the website at www.hmnh.harvard.edu, or call 617.495.3045.

Images on request: Cockroach art work by Marc Socié.
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