The Whiteside Museum

of Natural History

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Live Animal Zoo-seum

Prep Lab

Texas Wildlife

Before T-Rex ever reared his head, Dimetrodon roamed the land as the "Terrible LIzard" of the Permian Era. The town of Seymour is only a stone's throw from one of the greatest Permian bone beds in the entire world; it only makes sense that the creatures of the Permian - Seymouria, Dimetrodon, Edaphasaur, and Eryops (just to name a few) - should be the stars of the show. West Texas, and Seymour in particular, is home to some of the best Permian skeletons in existence, and the Whiteside is privleged to show off these fantastic discoveries. Visitors will feel like they've been transported to 288 million years ago as they rug shoulders with the titans of the age.

At the Whiteside, the exhibits really are alive! In our Live Animal Zoo-seum visitors will enter the realm of reptiles and amphibians, some exotic, but mostly an up-close look at what you may find in your own Texas backyard. Many modern animal traits were first developed during the Permian Era and scientists often study the behaviors and anatomy of modern animals in order to venture better hypotheses of what life was like millions of years ago. At the Whiteside, you can join the scientific community by spotting the similarities between the live animals and our Permian specimens.

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In our working prep lab, visitors can see real scientists working tediously to prepare fossils for research and display. A single skeleton can take thousands of man hours of careful work with delicate brushes and air abrasive tools. Normally, this long process is done behind closed doors, but at the Whiteside Museum visitors get a front-row seat to watch the experts bring skeletons back from the grave.

It's not often these days that we see buffalo roaming around outside of Yellowstone National Park.  With our extensive taxidermy and skeletal collection in the Texas Wildlife exhibit, we allow visitors a chance to see these creatures and more, safe and up-close. Humans can have a strong effect on the comings and goings of many different species in an area. Learn what it really takes to keep the Texas ecosystem in check, and what plagues may befall us if we disrupt that delicate cycle.


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