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This is a cast of a Tyrannosaurus rex Skull found in 1906 and on Display in Past & Present.

A cast of a Tyrannosaurus rex skull found in 1906 and on display in Past & Present.

Our Museum at Past & Present is a fantastic collection of fossils and minerals from around the world! Our addition of 500 square feet of exhibit space is devoted exclusively to the exhibition of geologic specimens for your enjoyment, with a large focus on fossils and minerals. Our fossil gallery features many of our old specimens, and showcases many new additions. We are currently working on redistributing our collection for you to better enjoy.

Our fossil gallery features fossils from around the world. From our Cretaceous dinosaur site in South Dakota

(prepared and unprepared fossils), to fossil plants from Antarctica, we have

Here I am standing next to the leg of the dinosaur Edmontosaurus. I collected this leg in South Dakota and it is now on display in our museum.

Here I am standing next to the leg of the dinosaur Edmontosaurus. I collected this leg in South Dakota and it is now on display in our museum.

fossils from every continent. We have many permanent displays on fossils, along with various rotating exhibits. On display in Past & Present’s museum you can find a cast of a Tyrannosaurus rex skull and triceratops skull, several species of the New York State fossil eurypterid, the leg of our dinosaur Edmontosaurus at almost 9′ tall, and much more. Also on display are two life size shark jaw models of the prehistoric marine predator Carcharodon megalodon. (One has real teeth). Other displays feature exhibits on Pleistocene mammals,

This is a specimen of an extinct manatee like animal from California. It id Desmostylus Hesperus, Miocene, From Fresno, California.

This is a tooth of an extinct manatee from California. It is Desmostylus hesperus, Miocene, from Fresno, California.

sharks, fish, reptiles and amphibians, and much much more.

 

Currently we are working on upgrading our exhibits with a new selection of minerals we acquired from an old collection. We also have a “Fossil of the Month” exhibit, featuring a different fossil each month. Teachers and students, scout groups, and individuals have enjoyed and supported our efforts to help this project succeed.

All Photos on this page are of specimens you can see in our museum! (Except Dad)

Gallery

One of the most spectacular pieces of amber, this shows a spider just after it cocooned a grasshopper in silk and then became trapped in amber.

One of the most spectacular pieces of amber, this shows a spider just after it cocooned a grasshopper in silk and then became trapped in amber.

Here I am standing in front of a jaw of the prehistoric shark Carcharodon megalodon. The teeth are real in this jaw, but the jaw is reconstructed because the real jaws are made of cartilage and do not preserve.

Here I am standing in front of a jaw of the prehistoric shark Carcharodon megalodon. The teeth are real in this jaw, but the jaw is reconstructed because the real jaws are made of cartilage and do not preserve.

This is the very rare eurypterid Paracarcinosoma from Western New York. This rare specimen can be seen at Past & Present in our Free Museum.

This is the very rare eurypterid Paracarcinosoma from Western New York. This rare specimen can be seen at Past & Present in our Free Museum.

 

 

This is my collecting buddy for many years... my Dad. He passed away May of last year after a very difficult battle with Parkinson's disease. He was by far the most supportive of any one I know, and is greatly missed. I love you Dad!

This is my collecting buddy for many years… my Dad. He passed away May of 2014 after a very difficult battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was by far the most supportive of any one I know, and is greatly missed. I love you Dad!