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Back to Bones exhibit showcases NM fossil collection

Eddie Garcia
November 08, 2018 06:49 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Stepping into the brand-new  Back to Bones exhibit is a trip back in time to a wilder, more primitive New Mexico.

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"New Mexico just has a fantastic fossil record, it has fossils dating back to about 500 million years right up to the last ice age," said Thomas Williamson, Curator of Paleontology for the New Mexico Natural History Museum.  

He has personal ties to some impressive fossils.

"This is the Bisti Beast, this is a specimen that I personally helped collect," said Williamson.

Williamson helped excavate the fossils from the Bisti Badlands, which once teemed with different dinosaurs.

"The Bisti Beast is a Tyrannosaur so, it's a close relative of Tyrannosaurus Rex. It lived about 10 million years before T-Rex," said Williamson.

The Bisti Beast is just one of the many prehistoric specimens found in our state.

"These are New Mexico's best and most fantastic fossils," said Williamson.

For more information about the exhibit click here.

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