Thursday, June 24, 2010

Oreodont skull & Mastadon jaw

One aspect I love about my job is the opportunity to meet experts from diverse fields of interest who use the museum resources for their research projects. A Portland State University archaeologist was here conducting research yesterday and I took the opportunity to photograph a few artifacts from the Horner natural history collection. -mt

Here we have an Oreodont skull (circa 4 - 48 million years old)!
Lower jaw and teeth of mastodon, unearthed at Newberg, Oregon.


  1. Mark Tolonen, Curator of ExhibitionsJune 29, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Unfortunately, no. Part of the reason I enjoyed seeing and photographing these artifacts is that they're outside of our regular art and history (1850-present)parameters. We're always rotating what we have on display and natural history is not currently emphasized. I've been thinking that we need to use social media as an informal way to share the interesting and unusual aspects of our day-to-day museum work.

  2. Mark Tolonen, Curator of ExhibitionsApril 27, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    These will be included in our 2013 exhibition "Oregon By Nature", which is in the planning/preparation phase. Please stay tuned....