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Just thought I'd share this post from our Facebook Group. Had a blast sharing some of my shark fossils with visitors this last Saturday. If you can contribute and give back to your community and society in general I promise that you'll find the experience rewarding and enriching. Pass on your knowledge to the next generation and get them exited about the sciences and paleontology.
Oxytropidoceras posted a topic in Fossil NewsAn Ancient Horse Is Unearthed in a Utah Backyard Paleontologists recently determined that a skeleton discovered during a landscaping project belonged to a horse from the Pleistocene Era. New Year Times https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/03/science/horse-skeleton-utah.html Utah Family Found Ancient Horse Skeleton In Their Backyard By Rex Austin, Great Lakes Ledger, May 3, 2018 https://greatlakesledger.com/2018/05/03/utah-family-found-ancient-horse-skeleton-in-their-backyard/ Fossil Friday Roundup: May 4, 2018 by Sarah Gibson, Fossil Friday Roundup, May 4, 2018 http://blogs.plos.org/paleocomm/2018/05/04/fossil-friday-roundup-may-4-2018/ Yours, Paul H.
Convinced my wife and her family to visit the Museum of Natural History in Lehi, Utah a mere twenty minute drive from my parent-in-laws. This place is amazing and I would highly recommend the trip. I'm posting some pictures now and more later. The view when you first walk in is breathtaking. Massive Quetzalcoatlus above. One of my personal favorites is in the main lobby. A complete Dunkleostus head that has been repaired. Largest armored Placoderm of the Devonian. A closeup of the Dunkleostus. This one is for @GeschWhat Really neat fossils. There's a set of pyritized brachiopods towards the top that looked really good. Belemnites, coprolite, and a fish from Wyoming. Hey it's me! I wish... Really need display of modern paleontologists. I would do anything to dig up a dinosaur of that magnitude. There's a nice Estwing hammer in the middle. One of my favorite parts of the museum is the fossil lab. I had the chance to walk through it a few years ago and will never forget the experience. A Sauropod the team has been working on from Utah. A completed segment of the Sauropod. Sauropod heel. This was massive. Really neat to see all the completed fossils from the laboratory. There's a real live paleontologist! Masked his face to for anonymity. He was working on that vertebrae under the light. Massive Xiphactinus recreation. So glad those aren't around in our lakes and rivers anymore. Giant Diatryma recreation. It's hard to believe these massive carnivorous birds where once the apex predators of the Eocene. The age of the man eating turkeys! Well man wasn't around then but if they were then we would be in trouble. Description of the Diatryma. Another favorite was a recreation of the Megalodon. No museum is complete without one of these. Really brings back memories from Calvert Cliffs. Oh how I am starting to miss Maryland. Great White recreation. Notice the bloated look. Neat description of C. carcharias. One of the ten largest Megalodon teeth ever found. I believe the C. auriculatus are also referred to as Otodus subserratus A personal favorite from the east coast is Hemipristis serra. Another excellent tooth and a favorite of @gavialboy Edestus heinrichi Another personal favorite is the Turritella. Massive Turritella conglomerates. @RJB this one was taken with you in mind. That's a beauty. Top view of a beautiful crab. Fuzzy picture of sea urchin fossils (Echinoderm). Related to starfish and crinoids. C. giganteum A little baby mammoth. So cute.