Research and Collections
The Museum also operates North Texas’ largest and most active fossil preparation laboratory, overseen by Dr. Ron Tykoski, vertebrate paleontologist and director of the paleontology lab. Tykoski has overseen the preparation of the Pachyrhinosaurus perotorum skull from Alaska. He also led the description and naming of North America’s oldest fossil bird, Flexomornis howei, from Grapevine, Texas, and prepared the neck vertebrae of the Museum's giant Alamosaurus sanjuanensis from Big Bend National Park.
Submit Your Discovery
North Texas has a rich geological and paleontological history. Many of the specimens in the Museum’s collections were discovered by everyday folks who found something odd and wanted to have it identified. Our research staff can usually identify a specimen based on a few clear photographs.