of Kingsport, TN -Where Is He
Now? (March 2011)-Updated March 25
19 March 2011 at 12:39:25 PM
I haven't read any local news at all since January 1st (taking a much needed mental break from sludge), but wondered the other day whatever happened to Jerry Jacene, unofficial paleontologist (as am I).
When last I looked, Jacene
, after getting free rent and subsidies to move his
museum from one location to another, said goodbye to the freebies and was packing up.
What happened to his
An association in Kingsport were going to buy all of his
exhibits, including a T-Rex dinosaur.
Well, they were going to, until they, ooops, found out that the T-Rex dinosaur exhibit is part of a federal lawsuit.
One company that deals with fossils apparently lent another company some specimens.
The lawsuit claims that the second company took castings of the fossils without permission, including the T-Rex skeleton.. and Jacene
must somehow have purchased one of those allegedly unauthorized castings.
Here's more from the Rapid City Journal
which article says that the castings were sold to at least 5 other museums, including, apparently, Jerry Jacene's
It's not clear to me if the museum association in Kingsport bought all of Jacene's exhibits except the T-Rex.
So where is Mr Jacene?
Could be that he's
here in Glen Rose
with a backhoe!
Dinosaur Dig - Glen Rose Texas - March 19-26, 2011
More on the dinosaur tracks found at Glen Rose, Texas In the quarry, behind the Comfort Inn, in Glen Rose, TX, three sets of tracks were found in the mud turned to rock.
They were going different directions so Jerry Jacene
said that this must have been a "prehistoric intersection."
"The first set of tracks had three toes and claws that belonged to a meat eater.
believes that these tracks were made by the predatory Acrocanthosaurus.
Another track looked like a big round mud hole.
It was made by a Sauropod, a four-legged vegetable eater with a long neck and long tail, Jacene
The other track appeared to have been made by an Iguanadon, a large, plant eating dinosaur that lived during the Cretaceous period.
Source: Glen Rose Reporter, October 20, 2010
We have been invited to join Paleontologist Jerry Jacene to help uncover dinosaur tracks found in Glen Rose, Texas.
plans to have a backhoe take off dirt down to within 4-5 feet of the rock and uncover the rest by hand.
That's where we come in.
Imagine being the first person seeing a dinosaur track, they say was made millions of years ago.
Update: I noticed an article in the Central News Now about Jacene
and Glen Rose
, written by Britney Glaser.
Jacene is apparently still not telling people that neither Make A Wish nor the little girl's parents knew he was coming to Glen Rose; he continues to infer that he was in Glen Rose at the behest of the Make A Wish foundation.
story has changed about how he
found the tracks.
In the article in the Glen Rose Reporter, he
said that he
went out and explored and THEN told the Comfort Inn Manager.
"I was walking around there and I found those tracks and I'm looking for a sign to explain the site", Jacene
Soemone's got to know about this".
Jacene went into the hotel wher ehe was staying and found Nirav "Nick" Patel, the general manager.
"Are you kidding me?
chose to stay at Comfort Inn & Suites, which has a cliff and creek bed directly behind its property.
Looking out his
got a hunch about what could be lurking on this land.
"What I did," says Jacene
, "is when I talked to the front desk, I asked if I could come back here and look around."
What Jacene found was a paleontologist's dream.
"They're dated about 110 million," says Jacene
, "give or take a week or two!"
Why the difference?
Might be because, when Jacene
found out that someone else, Lance Hall, was saying that he
had discovered the dinosaur tracks previously, he
accused Hall of trespassing, which he
himself had done.
has a charmed life.
Not a degreed paleontologist, but as much of one as I am, he
got the city of Kingsport to subsidize him and his
failing museum for a year, and then, when the rent ran out, gosh, here he
is in Glen Rose
, with some varying stories that don't match.
stated to me he
was gonna get local paleo and univeristy groups involved, maybe later I hope.
has to coax an out-of-state "gem and mineral" group 540 miles to be the first to break dirt.
The Kingsport Museum Association
bought most of the exhibits that Jerry
We did not buy the so called fort peck rex, as it was illegally casted by Jerry
heard from an online source that Jerry
is gonna build a new musem in GR which was predicted here last year.
had interesting messages from two separate people regarding Jerry
and the museum.
From source 1:
" ***** was hunting with Mike this spring (At "my" spot), and he
found a Pteronodon wing.
Mike told ***** that he
couldn't keep it, and he
would take it and donate it to the museum his
friend is working on down in Texas.
I'm guessing Mike and the "self taught palentologist" are starting a museum.
From source 2:
" Yep I ran into Jerry
out in Glendive Montana, he
had attached himself to a local museum.
I found that he
and they were still sneaking into ranches where they had been banned.
That is when I saw his