Remarkable discoveries unveiled at Texoma museum

SEYMOUR - In Seymour, where the population is just a little over two thousand, you can find the Whiteside Museum of Natural History and many other hidden gems.

Museum Director, Christopher Flis said, "The general public has never really had a grasp on it because dating back to 1910 all the fossils that were collected here by the scientific community went to Harvard and Princeton and Yale, all the big places but never stayed in Seymour." 

Flis and volunteer Gil Allison are making sure their findings stay in Baylor County.

Allison has volunteered for the museum since it opened in 2014, discovering history many only wished they could discover.

He told us, "You would be the first human that ever saw it then as we come out on the digs, you may be the third or fourth person to see and that's pretty exciting." 

Flis said the museum is known for its Permian age fossils of reptiles and amphibians that date back more than 285 million years. 

He continued to tell us, "We're here because we get to do this for all the kids that never get a chance to go to museums and do field trips and things like that so this is a game changer for the small communities that finally get to do something like this in their community for free." 

Every year Flis updates the museum with new discoveries with the help of volunteers.

"You sit here all day and dig on it and it's just fun," Allison said.

Guests will not only be able to learn about these reptiles and other creatures that once walked this earth, they'll be able to learn about others that still do. 

The museum has a dozen dinosaur reptiles and amphibian lifelike models as well as hundreds of fossil specimens that correspond with the models, as well as Bonnie, the worlds' most complete dimetrodon skeleton ever discovered.


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