Tucumcari students make phyto-find

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun Teenage volunteers at the MesaLands Dinosaur Museum have made a rare find. Tucumcari High School Students Stephen Smith, Carmen Runyan and Donny Price found teeth from a Phytosaur. That’s a semi-aquatic species that flourished in the late Triassic period 205 million years ago. They found the teeth while screening […]

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 […]

Private digs catching on at Mesalands

Ryan Lengerich It didn’t look like much. Michael Wood dug and scraped at the Quay County soil. He searched for bones — prehistoric bones — though he wasn’t sure exactly what they looked like. And then he saw something embedded in a whiskey bottle-sized boulder. “I’m looking at this and I really don’t know what […]

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 […]

Campers dig digging dinosaurs

TV Hagenah Why would a young person take a class in the summer after nine months of slaving away in the classroom? The answer is simple according to Mariah Logston, who is taking Dino Digging from Mesalands Community College. “It’s fun.” In fact that is what all her 10 classmates say about the summer mini-camp […]