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7/25/06

The 700 Pound Bone Trophy in Crosbyton

Crosbyton has a gem buried in West Texas.  Maybe some of you know it's here and maybe some of you don't. We are talking about the Mt. Blanco fossil museum. The director goes all over the world to discover bones from beneath the grounds surface. He also uses his sculpting skills to piece together bones of prehistoric animals to make them whole again. And one mammoth creature just completed here has garnered international attention.

Joe Taylor studies every kind of bone from cows to dinosaurs. He calls himself an "omniologist." His work takes him all around the world, but his latest work is the largest four tusk Mastodon valued at one million dollars.

"This is the largest Mastodon on record. It was found in a gravel pit near La Grange, Texas. It ended up in San Antonio in the sand and gravel office. I heard about it. I went over and this thing was all busted up in pieces laying on the floor. I could tell what it was. I could tell it was the biggest one ever. So we made a deal for it," said Taylor.

A deal that took him one and half years to piece together. Taylor says this Mastodon was more than likely buried alive when it was 35-years-old. 

"This thing was buried in sand and never moved again until the bulldozer hit it.  I take that back. There was probably an earthquake that shifted the skull and broke his face but he was petrified," said Taylor.

Taylor has made replicas of his 700 pound bone trophy and has already sold them to people in Korea and a few museums in New York.  But you can see the real deal, just minutes away from your home.

The address is 124 W. Main.  Admission is $4 for adults and $1 for children.  Hours are Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm. For more information, click here.

Crosbyton to Build Museum to Honor Prairie Ladies
A former hotel and drug store will soon showcase Crosbyton's history thanks to a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation.

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