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Valley of the Mastodon · 5d ago

Fossil Friday – strange mastodon vertebrae

A lot of the work done by paleontologists and biologists, especially those that work on taxonomy and systematics, is trying to identify general characteristics that various groups of animals...
Valley of the Mastodon · 1W ago

Fossil Friday – camel vertebra

This is a cervical (neck) vertebra of a giant extinct camel called Camelops, which roamed southern California during the Pleistocene Epoch, perhaps less than 50,000 years ago. This particula...
Valley of the Mastodon · 3W ago

Fossil Friday – Smilodon vertebra

The amazing deposits at Rancho La Brea portray a biased view of California’s Ice Age fauna. The vast numbers of sabertooth cats, dire wolves, and other carnivores are impressive to see and h...
Valley of the Mastodon · 1M ago

Fossil Friday – crocodile jaw

A few months ago, WSC hired Dr. Andrew McDonald as our paleontology Curator. Going forward, Andrew and I are going to split responsibility for writing Fossil Friday posts. Today is Andrew’s ...
Valley of the Mastodon · 1M ago

Fossil Friday – deer antler

Over the last few weeks we’ve been continuing both our studies of the collection of Pleistocene fossils from the Harveston neighborhood of Murrieta, as well as setting up and learning to use...
Valley of the Mastodon · 1M ago

Fossil Friday – ceratopsian rib

A few months ago Dr. Andrew McDonal joined the staff of WSC as our new curator. Andrew has been excavating for several years in the Cretaceous Menefee Formation on federal land in New Mexico...
Valley of the Mastodon · 2M ago

Fossil Friday – printed bison calcaneum

At our annual Science Under the Stars fundraiser last September, or donors provided us with funding to start a #D scanning and printing lab the the Western Science Center. While some of our ...
Valley of the Mastodon · 2M ago

Fossil Friday – deer humerus

One of the collections at WSC comes from the Harveston neighborhood of Murrieta in Riverside County. While this is a fairly small collection, it’s amazingly diverse, with well over a dozen d...
Valley of the Mastodon · 2M ago

Fossil Friday – vacation!

For the past week Brett and I have been in Seattle attending the 2017 meeting of the Geological Society of America, where we were presenting on the “Stepping out of the Past” and “Valley of ...
Valley of the Mastodon · 3M ago

Fossil Friday – printed mastodon molar

Each September, Western Science Center holds an annual fundraiser called Science Under the Stars to raise funds for museum operations. At the end of the evening we often do a final “Special ...