Philanthropist Lyda Hill unveiled her most recent treasure, The Eyes of Africa, a rare and spectacular mineral. Arriving with an intriguing back story beginning 10 years ago with a miraculous unearthing, an infamous white Mercedes, 400 diapers and a cult-like following, the stunning 2-foot-tall “alien eye” specimen made its permanent debut in Museum’s Lyda Hill Gems and Minerals Hall on July 12.
Perot Museum Chief Curator and VP of Research and Collections Dr. Anthony Fiorillo has returned to Alaska for the first of two In the Field dinosaur fossil expeditions for 2017. Dr. Fiorillo is a pioneer and leader in Alaskan national park dinosaur research. There are four national parks in Alaska with known dinosaur fossils (Denali, Aniakchak, Wrangell St. Elias, and Yukon Charley Rivers) and his team has found fossils in them all. Dr. Fiorillo’s team has developed models for how dinosaurs lived in Alaskan regions and this summer’s work will allow them to test these models and “connect the dots” between the finds in the various Alaskan park units. He and Dr. Ron Tykoski (Perot Museum director of paleontology lab) have thus far discovered and named two new dinosaur species in Alaska: Pachyrhinosaurus perotorum and Nanuqsaurus hoglundi.
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