Back in his day, Craig Slover walked to school—and found the fossil remains of a thirty-foot-long mosasaur. A cast of the fossil now hangs from the ceiling of the Eyring Science Center. Dr. Rod Scheetz, curator of the BYU Museum of Paleontology, said the fossil’s jaw shows definite scarring—evidence of violent interactions with other mosasaurs.
For a thousand years, Hittite chariots rolled through the Middle East, injecting the empire’s influence into what is now present-day Turkey and Syria. The Hittite Empire’s success can be largely attributed to one thing—metal resources.
Move over, honeybee and seagull: it’s time to meet Moabosaurus utahensis, Utah’s newly discovered dinosaur, whose past reveals even more about the state’s long-term history.
Over two hundred years ago, the world began to change. Massive, metal machinery replaced human hands to increase manufacturing efficiency. Factories cut into small-town skylines as our dependency on metals became increasingly apparent. But how have we been able to maintain the constant output of metallic materials since the Industrial Revolution? Can we continue at this hurried pace?
BYU alum Dave Alderks likes to say that everything he needed to know to be a paleontologist he learned in kindergarten. “You learn how to play in the dirt, play well with others, and color in the lines,” Alderks said.