Mesalands Community College’s Dinosaur Museum has received a donated collection of assorted fossils, coprolites (dinosaur feces), gastrolites, bone pieces, and meteorites from Amarillo resident, V. J. “Jim” Jordan.
Over 63 samples plus several old photos, documents of authenticity, and reference books were donated to the College for exhibition and instructional purposes. Jordan has collected the items over several years from all over the world and felt that Mesalands would be a fitting home for them as he prepares for retirement Jordan, the retired city water supervisor for Amarillo, said he became really interested in collecting both the dinosaur collection and the meteorite collect in the early 1980s, but he admitted that he has long been fascinated by both phenomenon. “I’ve always collected something and these really interested me,” said Jordan.
Jordan said it was something of a happenstance that he decided to donate his collections to the Mesalands museum.
“I had gone by it a number of times going to other places,” said Jordan, “then one day I stopped and went inside and was impressed with its quality and professionalism. It’s an excellent facility.” He said he got to talking with Dinosaur Museum Director Craig Currell and the idea of donating to the Tucumcari institution followed naturally. “I think it is good it will be going to a place where they can be seen and appreciated,” said Jordan. “It’s more fun to share a collection with thousands of people rather than just three or four and I know the collection will be well taken care of there.”
Currell said he was very happy that Jordan chose the Dinosaur Museum to donate his collections to.
“We are really pleased to receive this gift from Mr. Jordan, especially with its exceptional assortment of meteorites,” said Currell.
Currell’s enthusiasm was echoed by the museum’s head paleontologist, Axel Hungerbuhler who said he too was very pleased by the donation especially the meteorites. “We are very excited by this,” said Hungerbuehler about the donation. “First of all the donation of the Meteorites is simply a wonderful. This man has collected a selection of all the different types of meteors; iron stone meteor’s with combinations. It is excellent. Basically this is a cross section of all the different meteorites of every major class.”
Hungerbuehler said some will be put on display but many will be used in classroom situations.
“Now we will be able to show the actual thing and not just show slides,” said Hungerbuehler. “This will be such a help.” Hungerbuehler also said another impressive aspect of the donation was the documentation of the different materials donated. “He did a really good job with documentation,” said Hungerbuehler. “That’s the records of where they were found and when. Records this good for donations are not standard.”