Dinosaur museum offering free admission

Special to the QCS Mesalands Community College’s Dinosaur Museum will be celebrating National Fossil Day with free admission to visitors under the age of 12, accompanied by an adult on Friday and Saturday. National Fossil Day is an event sponsored by the National Parks Service to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well […]

Dinosaur museum director selected

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Special to the QCS Mesalands Community College is pleased to announce that Gretchen Gurtler is the new director of the Mesalands Community College’s Dinosaur Museum after the recent retirement of Craig Currell. Gurtler was selected because of her academic background and previous field experience in paleontological investigation. “Gretchen is highly dedicated and brings impeccable credentials […]

Mother of Confusion: Jim Henson’s ‘Dinosaur Train’ kick-starts second season with movie

Genevieve Hinson Hey, there’s big news for Jim Henson Company’s “Dinosaur Train” fans. The second season on PBS Kids is launching with the premiere of “Dinosaur Big City,” a one-hour movie airing on Aug. 22. (Check for your local listing at www.pbs.org/tv_schedules/.) After that each of the episodes will focus on the outdoors and other […]

Mesalands plans summer dinosaur classes

Kimberly Hanna Mesalands Community College will offer three field classes in paleontology June 6-10, June 20-24 and July 25-29. Officially listed by the college as geology 120, paleontology field discovery (4 credit hours), the class provides a week-long experience of excavating fossils and processing them in the Mesalands Dinosaur Museum. Students will search for and […]

Dinosaur museum unveils new exhibit

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Press release: Dinosaur museum letting in kids free

Mesalands Community College’s Dinosaur Museum will be celebrating National Fossil Day by giving free admission to visitors under the age of 12 Oct. 12-16, 2010. Young visitors must be accompanied by an adult and they will receive a free grab bag of invertebrate fossils and toys. Axel Hungerbuehler, museum curator, said fossils recently received from […]

Curator says Triceratops here to stay

Russell Anglin After John B. Scanella and John R. Horner of Montana State University published a report in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology in July stating Triceratops and fellow horned dinosaur Torosaurus were in fact the same animal, news outlets including The National Post and CBS News reported that Triceratops may never have existed, saying […]

Visitor count at Dinosaur Museum grows

Robert Ciolli Attendance topped 15,468 for the 2007-2008 season at the Mesalands Community College’s Dinosaur Museum, said museum director Craig Currell. This is an increase of 22 percent over last year, Currell said. The museum’s annual report was presented at the Mesalands Community College’s Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday. The museum report also showed that […]

Mesalands Dinosaur Museum makes important discovery

By Tova Fruchtman: Quay County Sun When Kiera Mortensen was a child her pockets were often filled with rocks. The Mesalands paleontology student from West Virginia picked up anything that she thought resembled a fossil. She said she always wanted to be a palentoligist. She didn’t know when she enrolled in at Mesalands in fall […]

Mesalands receives special science gifts

TV Hagenah 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 […]