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Of all the lessons to emerge from dystopic science fiction, one of the more hopeful comes from the oft-adapted Michael Crtiched novel that attests, “Life finds a way.” As the past few months have proven, so does the University of Iowa’s Pentacrest Museums.

“We installed two new exhibits this year prior to COVID, but once our spaces closed to the public, we made quick work of getting creative with accessibility, focusing on virtual offerings,” Jessica Smith, the museums’ communications coordinator, told the Press-Citizen.

The Museum of Natural History and the Old Capitol Museum together constitute the University of Iowa Pentacrest Museums. Earlier this year, with the rise of COVID-19, the museums invested in bringing programming to the community.

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A Dunkleosteus fish is seen inside a Devonian coral