The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, July 11, 1950, Page PAGE 3, Image 3

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    Tuesday, July II, 1950
Bored With Modern Nebraska?
3,000,000 E.G. Was Exciting!
So you think Nebraska is dull!
You didn't live soon enough!
The i Nebraska, of three or four
million years ago might have
pleased you more. Proof that
things would have been more ex
citing then can be found any time
on the second floor of Morrill hall,
where many of the pre-nistoric
fossils which have been uncovered
in Nebraska are on display.
Since in Nebraska there are
more fossil mammals to be found
than in any other state, an abun
dant variety of fossils are dis
played. The late director of the
museum, Dr. E. H. Barbour, used
to say about Nebraska, that you
could "dig down anywhere and
find an elephant fossil."
A Terror
.Had you lived in this region
several million years ago one of
the terrors of your life might have
been the giant Mosasaur. More
than 25 feet long, the reptile once
swam in the inland sea which
covered Nebraska and Kansas. The
Mosasaur lived in Jurassic and
Cretaceous time, better known as
the Age of Dinosaurs.
Though no dinosaurs are known
to have lived in Nebraska, neigh
boring state Wyoming was once
home to many ( "terrible reptiles,'
A cast of the head of a fossil
Tyrannosaur, the "King of Dino
saurs," is on display in the mu
seum. Now being made ready fof
display is a 20-foot-long Stego
saurus, or "armored dinosaur.''
When completed" it will be dis
played in Founders Hall, west of
Elephant Hall. .
, Grand-Dad Herring
Swimming in the sea at about
the : same time as the Mosasaur
wag- the Portheus, a giant fossil
fish which was found in Franklin
county. This giant fish often grew
to 15 feet or more, and was the
great-great-etc.-granddad of mod
ern salmon, herring and trout.
In the vicinity of Garden coun
ty, "Hortense" was once one of
the bright lights. "Hortense" is the
name given by some Morrill hall
art students to the giant camel. In
habiting Nebraska as recently as
900,000 years ago, "Hortense" was
one of many camels in this part of
the country. Other camel fossils
found in Box Butte county indi
cate that the ancestors of the mod
ern camels and llamas may have
originated in Nebraska and Wyo
ming. The little snapping mud turtles
found near Nebraska streams to
day do not begin to compare with
the turtles of the past. During the
Age of Dinosaurs, turtles grew as
long as 12 feet, and swam in the
sea of Nebraska and Kansas. More
recently, giant tortoises lived just
before the beginning of the Ice
Age, but were not quite as large
as those of "Dinosaur" time.
Terrible Pig
.Dinohyus Is another interesting
Inhabitant of the museum. A giant
hog, Dinohyus gets its name from
the Greek words meaning "terrible
pig." Discovered in Sioux county,
this specimen is the largest yet
found. The only other mounted
speciman of Dinohyus is found in
the Carnegie museum in Pitts
burgh, . Perhaps the most famous fossil
In the museum collection is the
THE NEW AND THE OLD As well as having an outstanding col
lection of fossil remains on display, the University Morrill Hall
museum also displays examples of modern animals. The two stu
dents shown above, Bill Dugan and Pat Beechan, examine one of
the displays in Elephant hall. The modern Indian elephant shown
above contrasts sharply with the fossill skeletons of mastadons
mounted in the same room. The Nebraska museum houses the largest
fossil mastadon ever found, and the display has received nation-wide
elephant from Lincoln county. It
is . the largest, fossil elephant on
record, and has attracted nation
wide attention and publicity. Also
to be found in Elephant hall is
more proof that Nebraska was far
from dull a million or so years
ago. The scoop-tusker elephant
from Cherry county, the shovel
tusk from Frontier county and the
long-jawed elephant from Brown
county all prove that elephants
were" once predominate In Ne
These are only a few of the fas
cinating examples of former Ne
braska life. Equally interesting are
the specimens of primitive beav'
ers, no more than a foot long; the
display of big game which could
once be found in Nebraska; and
the Devils Cork-screws, strange
objects believed to have been the
homes of small beaver.
Theater . .
(Continued from Page 1)
win decides to go back to his
work with the greeting card
company but with the promise
that he would continue giving
Patsy, Frankie and Charlie the
daily dope on the horses.
The Cast
The cast is as follows: Audrey
Trowbridge, Christine Phillips;
Clarence Dobbins. Tack Wen
strand; Harry, Bill Klamm;
Mabel, Joan Spiedel; Moses. Dick
Miller; Gloria, Mary Lou Thomp
son; hotel maid, Arlow Radar;
Mr. Carver, Ralph Humkins.
The play is to be presented in
arena theatre style in which the
stage is in the center of the audi
ence with inclined seats built out
from all four sides of the stage
This method of presentation is
fairly unique to University
theatre patrons
at the .
Hayloft Summer Theater
Curtain 8:30
Mark Reed's Sophisticated Comedy
Featuring Judith Hunter and
Alexandra Jack
Help for African
Students Planned
A plan to help Africa develop
its resources by assistance to
promising young African students
was announced today by the In
stitute of International Education.
Emphasis will be placed on study
in agriculture, engineering, ed
ucation, and social sciences fields
which will make the greatest con
tribution to the development of
the African countries.
By the establishment on July 1
of the new Africa Division, made
possible by three-year grants from
the Carnegie Corporation of New
Sheldon Will
To Provide
NU Art Gallery
An art gallery to house a col
lection of painting, sculpture and
other works of art owned by the
University of Nebraska Art As
sociation will be realized through
the provisions of the will of Fran
ces Sheldon, who died June 28.
The University was named
beneficiary of the entire trust es
tate of Miss Sheldon, who was a
patron of the arts. Upon termina
tion of the trust, the entire trust
estate and the accumulated in
come shall be paid to the Board
of Regents of the University for
the building of a gallery.
Miss Sheldon provided in her
will that a room, luxuriously fur
nished for board meetings of the
trustees and social gatherings of
the Nebraska Art association
should be a part of the gallery on
the University campus. In it are
to hang her paintings purchased
from the Nebraska Art associa
tion. A. B. Sheldon of Lexington was
named trustee of the estate and
executor of the will.
As trustee he is instructed to
add accumulated income to the
trust and paid to the Board of Re
gents of the. University upon
termination of the trust.
Miss Sheldon was the daughter
of 'the late George Sheldon of
Lincoln, who when he died left
an estate of $524,516, according to
records in the county court. Miss
Sheldon and her brother were the
only beneficiaries of that estate,
York and the Phelps-Stokes Fund
the services to the 555 African
students now in the United States
will be greatly expanded.
The work will be under Miss
Alice D o d d s, who has been
appointed head of the new divi
sion, and Thomas E. Brooks, acting
as her assistant. Working closely
with the Committee on African
students in North America, they
will help African students with
such matters. '.as immigration
problems, proper placement in
schools, appropriate courses of
study, and personal adjustment
Two Business
Graduates Win
Two June graduates of the
University Business Administra
tion College have won awards for
high scholarship achieved during
their college years, Dean Earl
Fullbrook announced Monday.
Fred J. Schindel, Lincoln, who
received his degree with distinc
tion, has been awarded a Miller
and Paine Business Research Fel
lowship for the 1950-51 school
year. The award has cash value
of $375. It is made upon the ba
sis of an outstanding scholastic
and citizenship record and a
demonstrated capacity to bene
fit from advanced study.
David C. Myers of Weeping
Water has been awarded the
Wall Street Journal Achievement
Award which is made annually
by the publication to a number
of leading colleges of business
administration. Recipients are
graduating seniors twho have
high interest in business finance.
The award consists of a silver
medal and a year's subscription
to the Wall Street Journal.
for all z
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