EKALAKA — For more than 100 years, paleontologists from the country’s most renowned institutions have been culling the fertile geologic formations of Carter County, uncovering some of the world’s most prized fossils.
EKALAKA — By the time Kirsten Johnson and her colleagues finish cutting, shaping and painting the 120-plus vertebrae of the Mosasaur model taking shape in the Carter County Museum warehouse, the backbone of the giant sea reptile will be 30 to 35 feet long.
Kirsten Johnson picks up some of the Mosasaur bones she has sculpted from foam for a display in the Carter County Museum.
Carter County Museum curator Nate Carroll looks at a fossil in the museum’s workshop area.
A full duck-billed dinosaur skeleton and a triceratops skull are two of the dinosaur fossils on display at the museum.
Derek Brouwer, left, and Sabre Moore work on a display case at the museum.
Pieces of a spine carved from foam wait to be painted for a Mosasaur display at the Carter County Museum.
Derek Brouwer, a recent graduate of Montana State University, prepares a display for the Carter County Museum in Ekalaka.
Plans for the expansion of the Carter County Museum in Ekalaka are on display.
Fossils and tools are stacked on shelves in the museum warehouse. The shelves were built by MSU students last summer.
Hannah Pearce talks about the heritage garden she has built outside the Carter County Museum in Ekalaka.
MSU student Kirsten Johnson uses a jigsaw to cut foam board to sculpt bones for a Mosasaur display in a workshop near the museum.
Pearce holds radishes harvested from the garden, which was planted with seeds that would have been used by early settlers to the region.
A chalk drawing in the workshop building near the Carter County Museum in Ekalaka shows the piece of the Mosasaur sculpture being built.
Montana State University student Kirsten Johnson sculpts foam into a rib bone, left, for a Mosasaur display in a workshop near the Carter County Museum in Ekalaka. The center photo shows foam pieces with written identification. The photo at right shows foam pieces carved for a spine ready to…
Artifacts are stored on shelves made by MSU graduates and students last summer at the Carter County Museum.
Carter County Museum curator Nate Carroll looks at some of the specimens in the museum’s storage warehouse.
A sign at the Carter County Museum in Ekalaka advertises the Dino Shindig.
Displays at the Carter County Museum in Ekalaka.
Nathan Carroll and Jade Simon examine foot bones of a fast-moving, birdlike dinosaur in the paleo-lab at Montana State University. They consult with the Museum of the Rockies to confirm identifications of fossils in the Carter County Museum collection.