Winnemucca, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Winnemucca District (WD), and the Humboldt Museum are pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibit: “Giant Swimming Reptiles of the Ancient Seas.” The Humboldt Museum, 175 Museum Way, will host the family-friendly event and will showcase the new exhibit, which was a collaboration of BLM archeologists, paleontologists and museum staff.
Opening festivities will take place on Saturday, August 15, from 10:00 a.m. through noon. Admission is free and the event will include a presentation by Paleontologist, Dr. Martin Sander, an educational ichthyosaur-themed puppet show for children, a short video called, “A Sea Monster Named Jim,” and light refreshments.
The presentation will highlight ichthyosaurs and other marine reptile fossils found in the Augusta Mountains by paleontologists over the last 25 years and explain the significance of these finds in a global context. The Augusta finds have led to some noteworthy scientific discoveries and have been featured in National Geographic magazine. The presentation will also include information on other ichthyosaurs finds from around Nevada, such as Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park. There will also be two new panels added to the Black Rock mammoth exhibit which will enhance the interpretive portion of that exhibit.
“Humboldt Museum is pleased to have the opportunity to engage our community and visitors with this piece of North Central Nevada's unique prehistory,” says Dana Toth, museum Curator. “Exhibits such as these help to aid conceptually what the world was like before humans were around to witness and document their surroundings. This is truly a great opportunity for our museum and we invite everyone interested to visit!”
“Being at the center of such a paleontological significant area is not only a source of pride for our District, but adds to the responsibility we have to work collaboratively with our partners to protect, preserve, and share with the public these great finds,” says Robert Towne, Acting District Manager for the Winnemucca District.
For more information, please contact Peggy McGuckian, Archeologist for the Humboldt River Field Office at (775) 623-1500, or Dana Toth, Curator for the Humboldt Museum at (775) 623-2912.
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