The Fossil Collection

A chart in the Eastend Historical Museum is Corky’s diagram of the earth’s crust exposed to view in this area. It is surprisingly accurate for an amateur paleontologist.  Corky was very interested in his fossil finds!

Have you been to the Historical Museum recently to have a good look at the collection of fossils there? Many of the fossilized bones in four of the showcases were collected and prepared for display by Corky Jones.  Another large table contains a shield of a Torosaurus he had found that had been damaged in the 1952 flood and subsequently repaired.  Corky was very interested in his fossil finds!

Corky’s contagious enthusiasm inspired many others to keep an eye open for unusual rocks and forms in the area.

Items in the display include a Triceratops skull and a second shield of a Torosaurus.   In 1973 while doing road repairs near Bud Hanson’s ranch, Ken Wills uncovered some bones.  This find was reported to the Royal Saskatchewan Museum of Natural History, so with their help, Bud Hanson, Ken Wills and Victor Hicks collected the 60% complete skeleton of a Brontothere.  It is displayed on the stage at the Museum. 

These amazing examples of the historical time line of this part of the earth are very humbling. The early discoveries have led to a rich unfolding story that has provided a foundation of interest and discovery.  In fact this very interest led to the discovery of the Tyrannosaurus skeleton and the building of the world famous T.rex Discovery Centre.

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