Posts Tagged ‘Las Cruces’


Sunday, October 14th, 2012

“Main Street, Pleistocene” mural by Bob Diven showing extinct megafauna cruising Main Street. (Created for The Southwest Environmental Center)


Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

I’m not so worried about him fitting in a seat as I am him getting through the front door.


Sunday, January 29th, 2012

I may need to change coffee shops if this sort of thing keeps up.


Sunday, July 17th, 2011

"Rediculated Python". Street painting by Bob Diven.


Sunday, March 20th, 2011

A little fun peeling back the asphalt, and sneaking Tiktaalik in there for good measure!


Sunday, March 6th, 2011

"The Man in the Moon (hole)". I got a bit "cosmic" with the street painting this week.

REVIEWS FROM THE REV: “A Fossil Tour of Las Cruces”

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Something Permian this way comes...leaving tracks.

I find a certain comfort and satisfaction in looking at fossils of past life.  I think this comes from a bit of wonder at their mere existence, realizing that fossilization could only occur in certain types of environments and conditions.  And then there is the age of the things themselves, which can easily boggle the mind.  But mostly what I feel is a connection with the extinct life forms they represent.  They once lived: I live today.  Each bit of fossilized bone is a remnant of a single individual animal that lived for a set length of time before dying.  I, of course, will follow this same arc of life.  Chances are, however, that I will not fossilize, but will take the route of decay back into the elements and atoms that formed my body and be dispersed and re-utilized by some other life form down the road.

So, just in case any of you in the Las Cruces area share my idea of a good time, let me point out some of the nifty bits of natural history that are scattered about in the area.

Of course there is the Las Cruces Natural History Museum (located near Penneys in the Mesilla Valley Mall, southwest corner of Telshor and Lohman), that contains a few slabs of the renowned “Permian Trackways”.  (If you happen to be visiting the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library in Downtown Las Cruces, they also have a footprint on display in the southeast corner of the main floor, in a display case above the video department).

I love this Minke Whale. Check out those hip bones!

Moving on to the New Mexico State University Campus, the place is littered with some impressive (and beautiful) bits from the Zuhl Collection.

Starting with a huge fossilized tree trunk resting on the corner of Jordan and Stewart Streets (across from the swimming pool), you can stop into the lobby of the Zuhl Library lobby, and find a cast of the T-Rex “Stan”, and a dinosaur leg bone as well as a display of polished petrified wood, and some neat fossils of smaller fauna (though there is a nice display in the lobby, pieces are scattered throughout the floors of the library).

Take a walk down the “International Mall”, walking West, and just past Branson Library, you’ll find the entrance to Foster Hall.  Step into the lobby and look up to see a mounted skeleton (not a fossil) of a Minke Whale.  I love this whale.  Mostly for its two small vestigial hip bones left over from the critter’s evolution from four-toed ungulate to sea-dwelling mammal!

Brachiosaur Humerus in Gardiner Hall at NMSU.

Head north from Foster Hall, across the “Horseshoe” to Gardiner Hall, the new home of the Geology Department.  Walk in the front and take a right, and you’ll find yourself in a hallway packed with fossils and minerals on display down the length of an entire hallway.  A complete humerus of a Brachisaur, mammoth bits, and fossilized fish.  They are still organizing the displays, so many items are not yet marked, but plenty are.
If you head further west down College Drive, look to your right before you hit El Paseo for the home of the Zuhl Collection’s main display building (just east of the NMSU Police/Parking department).  A large mounted petrified log marks the spot.  This is a compact, but very impressive collection of fossils, petrified wood and minerals.

We may not be a Chicago Field Museum, but with a little bit of looking you can, literally, get your hands on some really ancient history in your own backyard.

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t.n.s.r. bob


Sunday, February 13th, 2011

Happy Darwin Day -- a "family reunion" of sorts in chalk art.


Sunday, February 6th, 2011

A bit local, yes, but the recent once-every-fifty-years frigid weather overwhelmed our local electric utility, forcing the closure of public schools, universities and city buildings in two large metro areas!


Sunday, January 30th, 2011

A chalk-art "snapshot" of uncle "TieCeratops" (with thanks to Barb for the title!)