Mosasaur Skeleton Unveiling U of S Video
In September the University of Saskatchewan’s Natural Science Museum unveiled its newest exhibit—a Mosasaur skeleton. The first new major exhibit since the museum was opened more than 20 years ago. Below is a description of the exhibit and a link to the video of its unveiling.
An ancient sea monster will soon be hovering over the Tyrannosaurus rex in the University of Saskatchewan’s Natural Sciences Museum.
Celebrating its first major installation in more than 20 years, the Natural Sciences Museum will be unveiling the fossil skeleton of a Mosasaur, an extinct aquatic reptile that was the dominant marine predator during the last 20 million years of the Cretaceous Period.
The Mosasaur skeleton was recovered in the 1960s from Cretaceous shales belonging to the Bearpaw Formation near the Gardiner Dam by Lake Diefenbaker. It is housed in the collections of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, and a replica was donated to the U of S. Evan Nordquist, a recent graduate of the U of S Paleobiology program, painstakingly assembled the skeleton over the past year.
The Natural Sciences Museum outlines evolution through geological time, providing an integrated learning environment with displays of fossils, rocks, minerals and living plants and animals. Established in 1987, the museum has long been a popular public attraction, featuring the fossils of many dinosaurs including Triceratops, Stegosaurus and Tyrannosaurus rex. Recently, the museum has averaged about 4,000 registered visitors a year and is also utilized for teaching purposes by professors as a teaching and learning resource for numerous Geology and Biology courses.
Go see the Mosasaur along with the other exhibits. The free museum is located between the Geology and Biology buildings on the U of S campus. Campus Map.