Special to the Sun
What started out as a lifetime collection of wildlife skulls from Quay County and the surrounding area has turned into a scientific display at Mesalands Community College’s Dinosaur Museum.
Donated by area residents Ron and Lisa Jones, most of the collection is now housed in an attractive display case where visitors can see the diversity of wildlife that can be found in this area. Also visible is the relationship some animals have in their bone structure.
The collection took approximately 15 years to assemble, and most of the 37 skulls in the collection are the result of the travels and animal control duties Ron Jones has performed while employed as a Wildlife Specialist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Also new to the Museum is carpeting in the Exhibit Hall, and metal cabinets used for keeping specimens in the storage area. These additions were made possible through a $70,000 legislative appropriation awarded to the museum as the result of the efforts of Senator Clint Hardin and Representative Brian Moore.
“The skull exhibit is better than I had ever imagined it would be,” said Ron Jones.
He expressed his gratitude to the Fossil Friends organization for donating a display case valued at $1,145 and for the volunteer labor it took to get the display ready.