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.
Windy, dry conditions that have raised the threat of wildfires in Nevada has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a red flag warning for most of the northern half of the state into Tuesday.
A Reno nonprofit well-known for repairing bikes for kids, veterans, homeless people and Burning Man participants was burglarized last weekend.
A buildings inspector was airlifted to Renown Hospital in Reno after falling down a ventilation shaft in the Blasdel Building behind the state capitol.
Nevada state and local officials say 5 miles of temporary barriers will be built to contain flooding in a Reno-area neighborhood beset by high water following caused by storms and rapid snowmelt in recent weeks.
An urban search-and-rescue team has been deployed from Las Vegas to northern Nevada to help assess damage from recent flooding caused by warm weather and rapid snowmelt.