Jurassic Fish: Salted Sardines in the Rocks

Driving along the highways of Connecticut, many don’t realise that the rocks by the side of the roads holds a looking-glass to one of the most famous times in geological history – the Jurassic Period. The natural landscape of the Newark and Hartford Basins in Connecticut, as it was about 200 million years ago, would … Read moreJurassic Fish: Salted Sardines in the Rocks

Oeningen Formation: Science, Sink or Swim

Science was not like it is today in the 18th and even 19th century: things people used to do in science at that time – not too long ago -may  appear very odd to us. In Wesleyan’s collections lie several keystone artifacts to this rather fascinating episode in history.  Before science (as we consider it now) existed, … Read moreOeningen Formation: Science, Sink or Swim

Deinotherium: Stranger Than Fiction

Working with fossils, it’s not difficult to think that science is often stranger than fiction. Wesleyan’s new star – our Glyptodon – is something that defies our every expectation of an armadillo. With her domed carapace, exquisite scutes and odd bone projections on her cheeks, she looks like a creature from a science fiction film. Another … Read moreDeinotherium: Stranger Than Fiction

Swimming with Monsters

  Would you like to snorkel with giant predator reptiles the size of a small airplane? Visit Level 3 of Exley Science Centre, where these spectacular beasts adorn our walls. And fear not, they are models, and the originals from which they are made have been petrified in stone for more than 100 million years.   These … Read moreSwimming with Monsters

The Glyptodon (and other casts): Shining New Armor

Our star Glyptodon is getting a new coat of paint after we stripped her of a large quantity of 60 year-old dust, with plenty of elbow grease. As with the other Ward Casts in our collection, she will be repainted with archival artist acrylic paints. The color of our Glyptodon is rather bleached from the harsh  lighting during its days … Read moreThe Glyptodon (and other casts): Shining New Armor

Restoration: Terror of the Oceans

Wesleyan’s remarkable series of fossils casts includes two large specimens of ferocious predatorial reptiles- Plesiosaurus and Ichthyosaurus. The fossil casts were in a dishearteningly deplorable state when they were rediscovered, crated in the Penthouse of Exley. The casts were put in crates when the Wesleyan Museum closed in 1957. We did not know where they were stored, but they were moved … Read moreRestoration: Terror of the Oceans

Hidden Figures

Long thought to be marine dinosaurs,  Plesiosaurs and Ichthyosaurs were once formidable apex predators in the Mesozoic. Living in oceans at the same time when the dinosaurs were roaming the land, these magnificent beasts are now iconic displays in many major museums, showing these animals as representatives of this golden age of the giants, some 228 to … Read moreHidden Figures