The Brigham Young University Museum of Paleontology was started in 1976 around the collection of James A. Jensen. For many years it was known as the BYU Museum of Earth Science. The change of name reflects the fact that the museum actually houses a large collection of dinosaur bones and other fossils.
The museum is currently directed by Rodney Scheetz who was one of Jensen's students at BYU. Its main purpose is to facilitate research, but it is open to the public. For many years most of the collection was stored under the Lavell Edwards Stadium, however recent expansion has made it possible to display most of the collections.
The movement of the collection was largely facilitated by a recent 5,000 square foot addition to the facility.
- LDS Church News, May 16, 2009
- BYU link about the Museum
- Another BYU page on the earth science museum
- Geological Society of America brochure about the annaul meeting at UVU which mentions plans for an excursion to the BYU Museum of Paleontology, including explanations of the museum's collection