225 million years ago, a creature that looked like a dolphin swam in the ocean. The Shonisaurus was the size of a whale with 60 razor-sharp teeth and two giant eyes. It could swim 35 miles an hour and dive 3,000 feet. Today it’s 40 feet off the ground. Now, the Nevada state fossil is on display at the Discovery Museum.
Sculptors spent last weekend installing the life-sized skeletal replica of the Shonisaurus above the museum’s lobby. Matt Sinclair is the Executive Director of the Discovery Museum.
“My initial thought was wow, the opportunity to hang a replica of the state fossil right here in our lobby was an opportunity hard to pass up.”
The sculpture was created for the Burning Man festival. Sinclair says it fits the museums mission of trying to incorporate art as a way to better explain science.
“Art informs science and science informs art and this is a great piece because it really mixes both of those together," explains Sinclair.
Residents in Truckee and Washoe County are weathering the latest storm Tuesday while still reeling from the effects of the previous storm that hit over the weekend.
1:37 P.M. UPDATE: Northern Nevada officials are still warning residents about additional active winter weather over the next few days, even though the risk of flooding has diminished.
The National Weather Service placed the Sierra on flood watch because of continued heavy weather patterns.
The Reno Aces AAA team have hired a former major league manager to lead the team next season.
(AP) - Surveillance video at a Reno casino has helped clear three white police officers of any wrongdoing after they shot an armed black man in a downtown parking garage last year.