University of Wyoming Geological Museum

The life-size copper Tyrannosaurus Rex statue that stands guard outside the University of Wyoming Geological Museum celebrated its 50th birthday on April 11, 2014. The museum hosted two cake parties in celebration for the beloved statue. Wyoming Public Radio’s Anna Rader and Micah Schweizer visited the T. Rex and heard from passers-by and well-wishers.

Irina Zhorov

HOST: Wyoming was once wet, balmy, and full of creatures like dinosaurs. Today, their fossils are slowly weathering out of the ground. If the bones happen to be on public land, researchers are granted permits to dig for them and the fossils have to end up in a public repository. But on private land, anyone can dig and they can do whatever they want with the specimens. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov reports that commercial, or independent collectors, are sometimes eyed warily.