Jane’s Gang

Jane’s Gang

By Rod Myers, Naturalist

I am very pleased and excited to be part of a group of people who will prepare Burpee Museum of Natural History’s Nanotyrannosaurus for public display. The Nanotyrannosaurus, named “Jane,” was discovered by a group of Burpee volunteers and employees headed by Burpee’s paleontologist Mike Henderson.

The location of discovery was Hell Creek Formation in Carter County, which is the most southeastern county of Montana. Hell Creek Formation is one of the best areas in the world to find dinosaur bones, as it is rich in fossil-filled sediment that chronicles the entire end of the Cretaceous period. The majority of Jane’s bones will be sent to the Black Hills Institute to be prepared for display back at Burpee, but the rest of the bones including the head will be prepped at Burpee.

Mike Henderson has estimated that it will take a year before the bones are ready for skeleton construction, but it will take another year and a half after that before Jane’s skeleton will be on display at Burpee. Since no Nanotyrannosaurus skeleton has ever been put back together before, Mike and his associates will literally have to write the book on how it is to be done.

Meanwhile, before us lies a lot of diligent work—work that will no doubt educate and enlighten us and many others.

I plan to periodically write stories about the work on Jane for you, the reader. You will come to know Jane as her bones will tell her story.

I wish to thank Hell Creek Formation for being a large, near sea level basin that sank as the weight of fossil-preserving floodwater sediments poured onto it for millions of years.

I also want to thank Mike Henderson for making me part of Jane’s Gang.

Rod Myers is a local resident with an interest in the environment and disability issues. He has an associate’s degree in science and a bachelor’s in fine arts. Rod is a member of the Audubon Society, the Wild Ones Natural Landscapers and Rockford Amateur Astronomers, Inc.

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