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U. of Michigan natural history museum reopening to public

April 13, 2019
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Lori Ann Dick, marketing and communications manager of the University of Michigan's Museum of Natural History, gazes at a quetzalcoatlus, the largest flying animal with a 35-foot wingspan on Thursday, April 11, 2019. The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History is reopening to the public in its new building. The Ann Arbor school says new exhibits will be on display to the public starting Sunday at the museum, which combines natural history with scientific research. The museum closed in December 2017. (Max Ortiz/Detroit News via AP)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History is reopening to the public in its new building.

The Ann Arbor school says new exhibits will be on display to the public starting Sunday at the museum, which combines natural history with scientific research.

The museum , which is part of the university’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, closed in December 2017 . It moved from its previous home in the Ruthven Building to its current location in the new $261 million Biological Sciences Building.

Highlights include a realistic sculptural reconstruction of Australopithecus sediba, an extinct relative of humans, in the museum’s “Evolution: Life Through Time” gallery.

Michael Cherney, the museum’s on-staff paleontologist, says in a statement that visitors will be “staring into the eyes of something that’s very human-like.”