BYU Museum of Paleontology

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The BYU Museum of Paleontology was built in 1976 to prepare, display, and house the rock and dinosaur fossils collected by Dr. James A. Jensen and his crews. Over decades of field work, Dr. Jensen and crews gathered fossils from locations in Utah, Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming. For years, the vast collections of the unprepared field jackets were stored under the BYU football stadium. Now, with the new 5,000 square-foot addition, and years of laboratory preparation, nearly all of the fossils are kept at the museum in the collections room. As part of the BYU educational system, the Museum of Paleontology provides labs and hands-on learning to university students. The museum is also a popular attraction for school groups throughout Utah. Each month school groups visit the museum to take tours and learn more about ancient plants and dinosaurs.

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08/13/2018
Caelestiventus hanseni gen. et sp. nov. extends the desert-dwelling pterosaur record back 65 million years

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A new species of Late Triassic pterosaur, Caelestiventus hanseni, predates all other known desert pterosaurs by 65 million years, showing that from an early point in their evolution, pterosaurs were widely geographically distributed and capable of dwelling in harsh environments.

Announcing . . .Caelestiventus hanseni.  Named after BLM Geologist Robin Hansen for his help and promotion of scientific...
08/13/2018

Announcing . . .Caelestiventus hanseni. Named after BLM Geologist Robin Hansen for his help and promotion of scientific pursuits at the Saints and Sinners Quarry. #blmpaleo

Awesome surprise from a block we just opened, showing a good portion of a Camarasaurus skull.  It was collected by Jim J...
06/10/2017

Awesome surprise from a block we just opened, showing a good portion of a Camarasaurus skull. It was collected by Jim Jensen back in 1962 from the Jensen/Jensen Quarry. It is being prepped by Omar Ahmed.

Thanks to Robert Gaston of Gaston Designs, we have our Prognathodon stadmani mounted on campus in the Erying Science Cen...
03/17/2017

Thanks to Robert Gaston of Gaston Designs, we have our Prognathodon stadmani mounted on campus in the Erying Science Center. The original bones were collected by "Dinosaur Jim" Jensen in 1975 below the "C" on the hill above Cedaredge, Colorado. They were discovered by 3 fourteen-year-old boys and reported to their science teacher Dick Jones. The specimen was later described and named by Michael Kass in honor of our former curator Ken Stadtman, who incidentally turned 75 this week (Happy Birthday Ken!).

12/30/2015

We will be closed New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, but we will be back starting next week, Monday, January 4!

New iguanodont from the Blane II Quarry, eastern Utah. #blmpaleo
08/15/2015

New iguanodont from the Blane II Quarry, eastern Utah. #blmpaleo

View from the "office" yesterday.  Digging up a new ornithopod dinosaur.
08/14/2015

View from the "office" yesterday. Digging up a new ornithopod dinosaur.

05/09/2015

Happy Saturday! The museum will close today at 1pm

BYU's Allosaurus waits patiently while his head recieves some quick repairs #FossilFriday
05/09/2015

BYU's Allosaurus waits patiently while his head recieves some quick repairs #FossilFriday

04/25/2015

The BYU Museum of Paleontology will be closed today (Saturday April 25th) but will be open for business on Monday at 9! We'll see you then!

The dinosaur podcast "I Know Dino" recently posted an interview with BYU staff paleo-artist Josh Cotton! It can be acces...
04/22/2015
I Know Dino: The Big Dinosaur Podcast

The dinosaur podcast "I Know Dino" recently posted an interview with BYU staff paleo-artist Josh Cotton! It can be accessed for free on iTunes or at the link below. The title of the episode is "Ultrasaurus/Ultrasauros" at the top of the list:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ultrasaurus-ultrasauros-episode/id960976813?i=340479882&mt=2

Preview and download the podcast I Know Dino: The Big Dinosaur Podcast on iTunes. Read episode descriptions and customer reviews.

The Museum of Paleontology will be closed today for LDS General Conference #LDSConfWe'll see you Monday!In the mean time...
04/04/2015

The Museum of Paleontology will be closed today for LDS General Conference #LDSConf

We'll see you Monday!

In the mean time, enjoy this pic of Torvosaurus tanneri, the largest carnivore of the Jurassic and the only dinosaur named after a Latter-day Saint Apostle:

03/14/2015

The museum will be closed today, but will open again Monday at 9:00

Happy #Pi day! Camptosaurus has 3.14 toes. Also a spiky thumb, but that's not as relevant.
03/14/2015

Happy #Pi day! Camptosaurus has 3.14 toes. Also a spiky thumb, but that's not as relevant.

Attention mission control: a NASA police car has been abandoned on an off world mission. If the commander would like to ...
03/05/2015

Attention mission control: a NASA police car has been abandoned on an off world mission. If the commander would like to stop by the museum office sometime this afternoon, it will still be here for you. After that, check the BYU lost and found at space station Wilkinson Center. Live long and prosper!

Digitizing the soundtrack to "The Great Dinosaur Discovery" from a vinyl record. To see the original film, come check ou...
02/23/2015

Digitizing the soundtrack to "The Great Dinosaur Discovery" from a vinyl record. To see the original film, come check out our newly updated video kiosk!

Hi Dino fans! The museum will be closed for Valentines' and Presidents Day so that the dinosaurs can take time to be wit...
02/14/2015

Hi Dino fans! The museum will be closed for Valentines' and Presidents Day so that the dinosaurs can take time to be with their families. They look forward to seeing you again on Tuesday! In the meantime:

http://themetapicture.com/dug-the-t-rex/

BYU Museum of Paleontology's cover photo
01/28/2015

BYU Museum of Paleontology's cover photo

We had a blast last Friday visiting the Great Basin Museum in Delta Utah. We were there to give presentations to student...
09/17/2014

We had a blast last Friday visiting the Great Basin Museum in Delta Utah. We were there to give presentations to students about dinosaurs, but didn't anticipate the fascinating journey through history we would take ourselves. It's a small museum, but it packs a punch. From local anecdotes to the early history of life, from haunting relics of the Topaz Japanese Internment Camp to hopeful artifacts of the county's contribution to the telescope that will replace the hubble, it's well worth the visit. Find out more at:

http://greatbasinmuseum.com

Welcome incoming BYU Students!
08/29/2014

Welcome incoming BYU Students!

08/23/2014

The museum will be closed today, Saturday the 23 of August, but never fear! We will re-open on Monday for regular hours, so be sure to come and get your dino fix.

Rhamphorhynchus, a Late Jurassic pterosaur who used its protruding teeth to skewer fish and insects. Also, quite possibl...
06/19/2014

Rhamphorhynchus, a Late Jurassic pterosaur who used its protruding teeth to skewer fish and insects. Also, quite possibly the record holder for number of occurrences of the letter "h" in one word. Commonly called "flying dinosaurs" by TV and toy companies, pterosaurs were not dinosaurs at all, but a related group of prehistoric reptiles. A quick rule of thumb: dinosaurs lived their lives mainly on the land. Prehistoric reptiles that lived mainly in the water or flew (with the exception of birds) are not dinosaurs.

Reconstruction by staff paleoartist Josh Cotton.

06/05/2014
Matt Meese at the Bean Museum

Guess what? Our sister museum on campus, the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum, opens again this Saturday! After nearly 2 years of renovation, the Bean will host its grand-re-opening on Saturday, June 7th, from 10AM to 5 PM.

Check out this video sneak peak with Studio C Comedian Matt Meese:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rCSW_q4FS8

Studio C's Matt Meese visits the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum and shares information about the new exhibits (the museum re-opens June 7, 2014, after a t...

The BYU Museum of Paleontology has one of the largest and most complete collections of Upper Jurassic dinosaur bones in ...
01/21/2014

The BYU Museum of Paleontology has one of the largest and most complete collections of Upper Jurassic dinosaur bones in the world. Don't forget to stop by at 6:30 on Friday, January 31st for free appetizers and tours of our exhibits and lab!

Photo courtesy Lorne Knutson

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#BYUDino

Clear your calendars for January 31st, it's time for the first ever BYU Night at the Museums! The Bean Life Science muse...
01/14/2014

Clear your calendars for January 31st, it's time for the first ever BYU Night at the Museums! The Bean Life Science museum is opening its doors for the first time in over a year to join with the Museum of Peoples and cultures, Education in Zion, and the Museum of Paleontology to host a free progressive dinner. There will be food, prize drawings, contests, and LOTS of cool exhibits. Check out the link below for more information:

https://www.facebook.com/events/358602677613065/

Again, that's January 31st from 6:30 to 10 pm, at museums all over campus. We hope to see you there!

Exhibits: Behind the Scenes
10/04/2013

Exhibits: Behind the Scenes

Jim Jensen, our museum's founder, teaches children about sauropod dinosaurs
10/04/2013

Jim Jensen, our museum's founder, teaches children about sauropod dinosaurs

Our brave young friend and junior paleontologist passed away this week, on Sunday August 18th. After a long and arduous ...
08/24/2013

Our brave young friend and junior paleontologist passed away this week, on Sunday August 18th. After a long and arduous battle with brain cancer, he has returned to his heavenly home. Please join us in praying for the family of Nathan McDermott as they remember their son and brother in his funeral services today.

Illustration: Compsognathus, Nathan's favorite dinosaur

Our field expert, Jeff Higgerson, is a man of many talents.  Check out some of his wildlife photos from near the Blane I...
07/25/2013

Our field expert, Jeff Higgerson, is a man of many talents. Check out some of his wildlife photos from near the Blane II quarry (yes, "wildlife" includes crew members).

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1683 N Canyon Rd
Provo, UT
84602

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MUSEUM IS FREE. Closed for all university holidays

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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(801) 422-3680

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