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WMNH Expansion Featurette
Hi everyone! The WMNH hopes everyone is safe and surviving the tumultuous winter most of us have had to endure as of late. We are excited to give an update on our Prep Lab expansion campaign. We recently received multiple contributions from new museum supporters and are getting closer to our goal of $90K to begin the much needed expansion of our prep lab and research facility. This expansion will also add in new exhibit space. With the extension of our prep lab, the new wing will also increase our guests ability to interact with the Paleontology Prep Lab, making the museum experience much more fun and educational. Thank you so much to our newest museum family members who contributed this week, and stay tuned for another update this week!! For information on being a museum contributor, feel free to check out our museum website at www.wmnh.org and our facebook page, where you can also donate directly to our campaign.
We Found a 300,000 year old elephant pelvis
Working on the "Carlos" Skeleton
So far, "Carlos" is a partial articulated Dimetrodon found by Carl Porter, one of our amazing board members. "Carlos" consists of a spinal column along with fin spines, both shoulder blades, and ribs.
Working on the "Debra" Block
The "Debera" block is a prime example as to the incredible amount of fossils that are found preserved near Seymour, Texas. Hundreds of Dimetrodon bones, as well as other reptiles and amphibians, are preserved in a densely packed block of mudstone that once covered the bottom of an ancient pond. More than 287 million years ago, this pond was once home to a thriving biological community which included the famous Texas finback, Dimetrodon, as well as other Permian fauna. Living on the edge of the pond, Dimetrodon would feed on its aquatic neighbors, such as the boomerang-headed amphibian, Diplocaulus, and the giant salamander-like creature, Trematops. The "Debera" project will be one of the largest, and most densely packed block of bones ever collected from the famous Permian bone beds near Seymour, Texas. The bones will be prepared in the WMNH paleontology lab and exhibited sometime in 2021. Also in 2021, the WMNH will begin its expansion campaign in order to build a much-needed new exhibit wing in order to display the wealth of Permian fossils that have been collected by the WMNH in the past 6 years, including its soon-to-be centerpiece, the "Debera" specimen.