One of the places we visited when we were in Florida last month was the Southwest Florida Museum of History in Fort Myers. A piece of advertisement I had picked up at the hotel lobby announced that the museum had an ongoing exhibit, Darwin & Dinosaurs. I had never heard of the said museum. So, while we were on our way I had some trepidations. Could this be a creationist showcase masquerading as a scientific exhibit? After all, deception is the only thing creationism is good at.
My suspicions were unfounded. Darwin & Dinosaurs was as scientifically sound, educational and interesting as a museum exhibit could get. The entire exhibit filled one long room. That it was relatively small was a plus; the display cases were tightly packed with artifacts and there was no room left for boredom.
Justifiably, Darwin was the main attraction, while the dinosaurs took the stage near the end. Darwin's life and work were well presented and included sections on the correspondence he carried out with the U.S. scientists, his voyage on the Beagle and even some of his personal items. One of the latter that attracted my attention was the seal Darwin supposed to have used on his letters.
The main dinosaur fossil cast belonged to the only known Baryonyx specimen.
In addition, there was a panel about the fossil Tiktaalik, which was a transitional species between fully aquatic and fully terrestrial vertebrates.
I congratulate the Southwest Florida Museum of History for their fine exhibit standing refreshingly in the path of the never ending creationist attempts to take over the public schools in Florida and elsewhere.