January 07, 2008

Giant Aquatic Lizard Fossil Installed in Hitchcock Hall

Burke Museum Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology Christian Sidor and Fossil Preparator Bruce Crowley worked with other Burke staff and associates to install a large fossil of a mosasaur in Hitchcock Hall on the University of Washington campus. The mosasaur is a giant aquatic lizard from 85 million years ago. The specimen installed in Hitchcock Hall probably represents the Platecarpus species. This specimen is part of a new collection of over a dozen giant fossils and geological specimens donated by the Hart Family. This wonderful new collection joins over 2.5 million other fossils in the Burke Museum Geology division.

You can also read about the recent installation of an ichthyosaur fossil in the Burke Room.