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BYU Museum of Paleontology
BYU Museum of Paleontology, August 2010

The Brigham Young University Museum of Paleontology was started in 1976 around the collection of James A. Jensen. For many years, it was known as the BYU Earth Science Museum,[1] and most of the collection was in storage under the LaVell Edwards Stadium.[2]

In October 2009, the museum held a grand opening of its new facilities during BYU homecoming week. With the 5,000-square-foot (460 m2) addition, it now displays most of the collection. The change of name clarifies that the museum actually houses a large collection of dinosaur bones and other fossils.[3]

The museum is currently directed by Rodney Scheetz, who was one of Jensen's students at BYU. Its main purpose is to facilitate research, but it is open to the public.


  1. ^ Adams, Brooke (April 12, 1991), "Y. Researchers Start to Piece Puzzle of Dinosaur Bones", Deseret News
  2. ^ "Fact or fiction: Are dinosaur bones stored underneath BYU's LaVell Edwards Stadium?", Deseret News, October 7, 2004
  3. ^ Israelsen-Hartley, Sara (October 22, 2009), "Y. science museum expanded, renamed", Deseret News


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