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Loaner Kits

Texas Memorial Museum has a variety of loaner kits available for educators to borrow at no cost.  Educators interested in borrowing a kit must have attended a TMM-sponsored teacher workshop and/or have visited TMM with their students within the last 5 years.  Loans are for a maximum of two weeks.  Borrowers are responsible for the cost of repair or replacement of kit materials damaged or lost during the loan period.

Available kits include:

  • Burgess Shale Replicas:
    The collection of scientifically accurate models, based on the half-billion-year-old fossils of the Burgess Shale, includes five organisms that lived on the sea floor: Pikaia gracilens, Laggania cambria, Olenoides serratus, Opabinia regalis, and Wiwaxia corrugate.
  • Carnivoran Skulls:
    Includes dichotomous key and a set of the following skulls: bobcat, coyote, gray fox, striped skunk, ringtail, American badger, mink, American black bear, and northern raccoon.
  • Cat Skeleton:
    Complete disarticulated skeleton of a domestic cat.
  • Chicken Skeleton:
    Complete mounted and articulated skeleton of a chicken.
  • Dinosaur Trackway Mats:
    Reproduction of our Paluxy River dinosaur trackway pattern on a set of yoga mats, approximately 25 feet long and 11 feet wide. Kit includes 4 metric tape measures.
  • DNA-RNA Protein Synthesis Kit:
    Students use plastic, color-coded components to build a DNA molecule, replicate it, and use half of the “ladder” to build messenger RNA. Contains enough materials for 24 students working in pairs.
  • Mammal Scat Casts:
    Replica scat cast from field-collected scat deposited by a bat, bobcat, cottontail rabbit, coyote, gray fox, mouse, Virginia opossum, porcupine, northern raccoon, striped skunk, squirrel and white-tailed deer.
  • Mammal Skins:
    Set of 9 mammal pelts with fur. Kit includes American badger, bobcat, coyote, fox squirrel, gray fox, mink, northern raccoon, striped skunk and Virginia opossum.
  • Mammal Tracking Kit:
    Casts of mammal front and hind feet for tracking activities. Kit includes American badger, bobcat, cottontail rabbit, coyote, feral hog, gray squirrel, mink, nine-banded armadillo, northern raccoon, pocket gopher, porcupine, puma, striped skunk, Virginia opossum and white-tailed deer.
  • Paluxy River Theropod Track Replicas:
    Set of 4 different theropod plaster track casts. Kit includes a track from a small individual, a metatarsal (heel and sole of foot impression), and a track with mud-collapsed toe prints.
  • Predator Skulls:
    A set of 4 coyote and 4 bobcat skulls for predator “bite” analysis.
  • Primate Phylogeny:
    Cast skull and whole body photograph of each of the following: Lemur, Symphalangus, Saimiri, Lagothrix, Macaca, Pan, Aotus, Papio, Callithrix, Homo. For analysis of primate evolutionary relationships.
  • Sauropod and Theropod Dinosaur Replicas:
    Set of 10 plastic replicas of each, representing Paluxysaurus and Acrocanthosaurus. For use in track-making activities and as models in art projects.
  • Small Mammal Skulls of Texas:
    Students use a dichotomous key to identify the skulls of six small mammals commonly found in Texas. Skulls in the kit include armadillo, bobcat, raccoon, porcupine, coyote and opossum.