The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

Local News

January 22, 2013

Digging up prehistoric history

Sea monsters once swam through Delta County.

Gary Wallace found the fossilized remains of an extinct marine reptile known as a mosasaur. Something of an amateur paleontologist, Wallace said he has previously found mosasaur fossils in the area.

“Not like this one though,” Wallace said, adding the fossil he and his son discovered in the fall of 2011 was different from the rest. “This boy has rounded teeth.”

Wallace said the mosasaur was an example of Globidens alabamaensis. Like other mosasaurs, Globidens could grow to about 20 feet in length, and had a streamlined body with a flattened tail and powerful jaws.

But what made Globidens different were the rounded, or globular, teeth.

Wallace said the remains were discovered in October 2011 in a dry shale creek bed on a friend’s property between Pecan Gap and Ben Franklin.

“This one is the very first to have been found in this part of Texas,” Wallace said of the Globidens species.

Wallace, who lives just south of Campbell, said he has been a bone hunter since 1980.

“I’m just interested in artifacts and fossils,” Wallace said.

And the hunting has been good in Northeast Texas.

“There are a lot of fossils that come out of the Sulphur River area,” Wallace explained.

The fossil Wallace found included the jaws, teeth and portions of the mosasaur’s body and he noted it has attracted interest from several sources asking him to donate it; including Southern Methodist University and multiple museums.

“I’m not a donator,” Wallace said. “I put a lot of work into that.”

He is not ruling out maybe turning it over to a museum someday, but intends on holding onto the fossil for the time being.

“I plan on getting him together eventually,” Wallace said.

1
Text Only
Local News
Featured Ads
Photos


See more photos and purchase prints here.

Poll

Does Dallas head coach Jason Garrett need for the Cowboys to make the playoffs during the 2014 football season to keep his job?

Yes
No
Who knows with Jerry Jones as owner?
     View Results
Facebook
AP Video
Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites
Must Read
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Reader's Choice