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Trip to PRI, Ithaca New York.

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Just another cold and blustery day here in Central New York! I had to get the kids out of the house, and I wanted to get a fossil fix at the same time. I knew thw going fossil hunting with temps in the teens, was not going to happen. So I decided on the next best thing. Trip to the museum!  Located in the Fingerlakes region of N.Y. I what I consider a hidden gem. The Paleontological Research Institute- Museum of the Earth, is a rather small but really nice museum. I found out about it many years ago when I first became a member of the Syracuse Gem &Mineral club. There is virtually no advertising for it. And its location is outside the city limits. It is home to the famous Hyde Park Mastodon that a family found in a pond in their backyard. It is 97 percent complete! I guess you can find cool things anywhere. I took plenty of pics, so I hope you will enjoy this virtual tour. 

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Here are my boys with a new friend.

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This modern whale skeleton greets you when you first walk in.

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Not everything is fossils as there are a lot of modern marvels to look at in awe.

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1st pic is Devin next to a boulder filled with horn coral.

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Here is the Hyde Park Mastodon

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This Dipleura had to be around 10 inches long! My mouth was drooling for that bad boy!

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Here is Devin picking through a box of fossils.

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Here is the three boys with my oldest, David, trying to look cool by acting like he is not having a good time! Haha.

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Darktooth

I still have a few more pics that I will post later.

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belemniten

This looks like a great museum !

Thanks for sharing ! :D
 

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Fossildude19

It's a great museum, Dave. I love that place. :wub: 

Good pictures, and report.

Thanks for bringing us on the field trip.

Regards,  

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Wrangellian

Lots of eye candy there.

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2 minutes ago, Wrangellian said:

Lots of eye candy there.

Yes they have a lot of goodies I wish could be in my house. I have noticed everytime I have been there that they don't really have anything in the way of sharkteeth or verts. I may have to do something about that.

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Wrangellian

I'm sure their Paleozoic invert collection would cause me to lose enough moisture via drooling, but yes, if they want a good cross-section of flora/fauna, I'm sure they could use a few shark teeth if they don't have any yet. ;)

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ynot

Thanks for the report!

Nice museum.

Tony

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Jeffrey P

Thanks Dave for sharing your photos. I have yet to visit the Museum of the Earth though it has been strongly recommended. (I did go on one of their outings in 2013) You've given me more reason to visit. Looks like you and your boys had a great outing- an excellent idea for days when collecting is not an option.

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njfossilhunter

It looks like a nice place to spend on a cold day away from a fossil collecting sites....Well worth the trip....Plus i'm sure its a lot warmer inside......:)

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Malcolmt

Thank you for sharing, sometimes you can find neat little museums where you would never expect to.

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Ludwigia

Thanks for sharing. Looks like they've got something for every taste there.

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MarleysGh0st

I'm glad you enjoyed your visit to our museum, Darktooth.  Thanks for the report!

 

Did you happen to notice the new statue of the T. Rex, outside?  That made me do a double-take one morning last month, when I noticed it had suddenly shown up next to the road!

 

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Darktooth

@MarleysGh0st  I didn't realize that was a T- rex. I didn't even see it on the way in and when I left I just caught it out of the corner of my eye as we past it.

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jpc

PRI is on my list of places to visit before I fossilize.  

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Darktooth

I highly recommend going. My pics definately don't do the museum justice. 

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