Alaska's Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell Visits The Perot Museum
October 9, 2012, Dallas, TX – Alaskan dinosaurs are now residing in Texas. While in Dallas for an aerospace summit, Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell previewed an exhibit of some of Alaska’s oldest residents, one of which is the first of its kind known to the world. The exhibit is housed in the T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall, at the new Perot Museum of Nature and Science, which is set to open December 1.
Dr. Anthony (Tony) Fiorillo, the Museum’s curator of earth sciences, and several digging partners uncovered a skeleton on a Colville River cliff in August of 2006. Not only was it intact enough for display, it turned out to be a species previously unknown to science.
“This beast had defensive and offensive armor, and to see it next to a big bull moose and a caribou with full antlers is quite something," Treadwell said.
The dinosaur’s scientific name is Pachyrhinosaurus perotorum, in honor of Margot and Ross Perot (former presidential candidate) and his family, major benefactors of the Dallas museum.
Bones of an Edmontosaurus were also discovered in Alaska at the Liscomb Quarry.
Treadwell’s tour was hosted by Nicole G. Small, the Museum’s Eugene McDermott Chief Executive Officer, and Dr. Fiorillo. The exhibit will feature the two recently discovered dinosaurs and castings of dinosaur footprints found at Denali National Park.
“Alaskans should know that our state isn't just hot for oil and gas and mineral prospects, but it is becoming dinosaur central according to paleontologists working in the state,” Treadwell said. “We link Eurasia and North America and have unique Arctic dinosaurs that lived in the same low light and long winter conditions we have today.”
Treadwell is co-chair of the State Committee on Research (SCoR) and is in Dallas for a meeting of the Aerospace States Association (ASA), which he chairs. As a member of the Alaska Workforce Investment Board (AWIB) and ASA he supports STEM (or Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) opportunities for 2
Alaska schools. The Perot Museum of Nature and Science (perotmuseum.org) is looking for ways to partner with Alaska schools.