Highlights of the Zuhl Collection





This is the finest and most spectacular specimen of gem Chrysocolla ever found at the Ray Mine in Arizona, which was world famous for some of the finest gem chrysocolla, specimens in the world. Gem Chrysocolla is in the same family as turquoise.There is a clear coating of hundreds of tiny glass clear quartz crystals covering the blue green chrysocolla which gives a luster and visual brilliance to the piece.

This crystal formation is considered one of the greatest specimens of druzy (covered with tiny quartz crystals) Chrysocolla ever discovered anywhere in the world and is a major world class treasure. 

Link to Chrysocolla Entry in Zuhl Collection Database


Oviraptor Nest


Image of Oviraptor nest on display at Zuhl Museum, NMSU


Oviraptor dinosaur 65-70 million year-old eggs. the Oviraptor laid eggs in pairs at the same angle in a spiral pattern in at two-three layers with 10-20 eggs per nest.

Photo taken 03/09/11 by Darren Phillips

Link to Oviraptor Nest Entry in Zuhl Collection Database

Campo Del Cielo Meteorite




Yep we have a real “space rock.” meteorites are pieces of the early solar system formed about 4.56 billion years ago!! that’s right BILLION! The meteorite at the Zuhl Museum was found in Argentina and was thought to have landed 4000-6000 years ago! It weighs in at 135 lbs! It is part of a larger group found in 1576. A larger portion is in the British museum. 

Link to Meteorite Entry in Zuhl Collection Database


Large Sequoia Log


Sequoia Log


This Giant Petrified Sequoia Log weighing about 30,000 lbs and a little over 11 ft long was excavated in Madras, Oregon and brought to rest in front of the Alumni and Visitors Center at NMSU (home of the Zuhl Museum) with the support of Herb and Joan Zuhl. The log is estimated to be about 50 Million years old. 

Link to Sequoia Log Entry in Zuhl Collection Database

“STAN” T. rex Skull Cast

STAN Skull Cast

The Zuhl Library plays host to a cast replica of the skull of “STAN” the Tyrannosaurus rex. The original fossil remains of “STAN” where discovered in South Dakota in the Hell Creek Formation near Buffalo by an amateur paleontologist Stan Sacrison. “STAN” was unearthed in 1992 and was found to be 65% complete (at the time the largest and most complete T. rex ever found). 

Link to Stan Entry in Zuhl Collection Database