Sierra College student and volunteer Brent Phillips adds finishing touches to our juvenile triceratops skull. The original 65 million year old fossil was found by Sierra College Professor Dick Hilton in the Summer 2002 on a Sierra College Earth Science Field Paleontology trip to Montana. In 2007, the fossil was transferred to the Museum of the Rockies. Here they replicated the skull fragments and reconstructed the skull.
Our skull represented a growth stage of the triceratops that they did not have. In return, the Sierra College Natural History Museum received replicas of the fragments. We kind of wanted a replica of the completed version – oh well. Brent, who is studying to be a Paleoartist, took on the job of reconstructing the replicated version of our find.
Dr. Daniel J. Fairbanks (Professor of Biology and Research Geneticist, Brigham Young University) sculpted this bust of Charles Darwin while lecturing on our genetic heritage as part of Sierra College’s Natural History Museum Lecture series titled “Relics of Eden: The Powerful Evidence of Evolution in Human DNA” (February 2010).
Some amethyst tubes are created in pockets (vugs) formed by volcanic material flowing over trees. The crystals produced vary in color from medium liac to a darker purple. A five foot amethyst tube is now on display near the entrance to S110.