Fossil collection excites youngsters of all ages

The T-rex head casting elicits reactions from delight to a little bit of wariness.

The T-rex head casting elicits reactions from delight to a little bit of wariness.

One of the most popular exhibits in the museum is the Fossil Corner.

Dominated by a life-sized casting of a T-rex head, the fossil corner also displays a mastodon thigh bone, tusk and tooth, a skeleton of a hoplophoneus (one of the first sabertooth cat), and a smilodon (the last sabertooth cat). These replicas were cast from actual specimens from other museum collections.

The newest addition to the collection is the actual leg bone of wooly mammoth. The specimen stands 6 feet, 7 inches tall.

The fossilized dinosaur egg nest is a hands on exhibit.

The fossilized dinosaur egg nest is a hands on exhibit.