Map of the Study Butte - Terlingua Ghost Town area. I live in Terlingua Ghost Town. 
All of my fossils are now in proper PALEONTOLOGY REPOSITORIES, for PERPATUITY, 2014
BELOW NO LONGER APPLYS
See fossils on display of dinosaurs, mosasaurs, ancient shark teeth, primeval clams, and much more.
Student groups can arrange a visit to a dig site with an experienced "hands-on" Paleontologist/ Geologist as their host and mentor.  See Bulletin Board.
Tour groups can arrange a visit to the Museum and a short, ( 1/4 mile round trip ), hike to some dig sites of Mosasaurs etc. with talks about the  local geology. These tours are about 1 hour long.
This museum and lab is not funded by any outside source other than small fees for groups and donations. I am retired and draw a small social security check so I have to work to support it.  I work driving a shuttle buss for a river outfitter, ( Far Flung Adventures Taos N. M., www.farflung.com ), in the summertime, and drive the buss for the Big Bend Ntl. Park fire crew when needed in the Spring and Fall. 
So the museum is not open from the middle of May - August 1st. etc., call - DO NOT CALL- to make sure I will be open, leave a message. Home 432-371-2445, CALL MY NEW LAB at MY HOME
      

        Self made
paleontologist Ken Barnes
has been digging up fossils and dinosaur bones in the Big Bend area since 1986.

Barnes founded and is now Curator of the Mosasaur Ranch Museum, which houses, protects and displays his extensive, hard won collection of precious and irreplaceable fossilized remains of the region’s distant past. 
Seas and Shores of the Big Bend of Texas
From Mosasaurs to Dinosaurs


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University of Texas at Dallas students help remove shark fossils
The now mountainous Big Bend area of West Texas was under seas for millions of years, and the last sea, the Western Interior Seaway,  receded away from West Texas about 80 million years ago, receding to the Southeast to where the Gulf of Mexico is today. These vast marine deposits preserve every kind of marine fossils including Mosasaurs which are not Dinosaurs but marine lizards that evolved from small land lizards that went to the sea about 90 million years ago. These mosasaurs grew to gigantic size. After the sea went away the Dinosaurs moved in to occupy the land until they went extinct 65 mya. The mountains came much later. They are too young to talk about, they are just kids.
  
Mosasaur Skull 
Welcome to my web site.  My name is Ken Barnes and we will take a journey "back in time" up to more than 100 million years and observe some of the magnificent creatures that lived in the seas and on the shores of West Texas in the ancient past.  

I have studied Geology at the Terlingua "school-of- hard-knocks" for over forty years, and began collecting and studding fossils from the Big Bend area of Texas in 1986. I founded the Mosasaur Ranch Museum, WHICH NO LONGER EXSITS,  in the Terlingua / Lajitas area at that time.

All collected fossils belong to me and came from privately held property with the owners permission. Do not collect or disturb fossils, rocks, artifacts, etc. from the Big Bend National Park or the Big Bend Ranch State Park.

NO FOSSILS ARE FOR SALE
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Mike Everhart, Adjunct Curator of Paleontology at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History in Hays, Kansas  since 1998, was President (2005) of the Kansas Academy of Science, and now is the co-editor of the Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science (est. 1872).

He has conducted a Paleontology Symposium at the past ten annual meetings of the Kansas Academy of Science, and the Second Mosasaur Meeting in May, 2007 

http://oceansofkansas.com

This is a great site for marine fossils!

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Seas and Shores of the Big Bend of Texas
From Mosasaurs to Dinosaurs


Phone:  Home: 1 (432)  371-2445 
Email:  kbarnes@bigbend.net
Ken Barnes, Curator

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  MOSASAUR RANCH MUSEUM   
  no longer exists, thanks to a Lajitas Resort head manager, I will continue my research from my home and add new blurbs to my journal at bigbendpaleogeo.com     >>-------->
   THE PROFESSOR I HAVE BEEN           WORKING WITH FOR YEARS FROM UT   DALLAS HAS BECOME MY DOWNFALL. THE LAJITAS RESORT PEOPLE KIKED ME OUT OF MY MUSEUM TO MAKE HIM A RESEARCH CENTER, NOW I HAVE NO  MUSEUM ANYMORE AND HE HAS NO REAEARCH CENTER EITHER????
WE ARE ALL LOOSERS NOW
THANKS HOMER
  I GUES I TAUGHT HIM TOO MUCH
GUESS WHAT,  LAJITAS RESORT IS NOW, 2015, SUING ME OVER THE MOSASAUR FOSSILS I DONATED TO MUSEUM OF PALEONTOLOGY AT SMU DALLAS A FEW YEARS BACK. I owned and had possession of those fossils during, (1990s), Walter Mischer time and before S. R. Smith went bankrupt at his try at Lajitas Resort. 
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