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Valley of the Mastodon · 2d 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 ...
Valley of the Mastodon · 2W ago

Fossil Friday – vole tooth

This week is National Rodent Awareness Week. Fossil rodents may not get a lot of headlines, but they are often the most common vertebrate fossils in Neogene terrestrial deposits, and have th...
Valley of the Mastodon · 3W ago

Fossil Friday – cat skull fragments

With many fossils, particularly vertebrates, small fragments can sometimes be very informative and justify close scrutiny. That was the case with a pair of associated bones from Diamond Vall...
Valley of the Mastodon · 4W ago

Fossil Friday – Bison molar

At Diamond Valley Lake, five genera account for 93% of the preserved large animals: Bison, Equus, Camelops, Mammoth, and Paramylodon. Of these five, the most abundant are Bison. The tooth sh...
Valley of the Mastodon · 1M ago

Fossil Friday – mastodon vertebra revisited

After a highly successful Science Under the Stars fundraiser, I’ve tried to get back into the lab to catch up on neglected science work. Administrative duties are still conspiring to keep me...
Valley of the Mastodon · 1M ago

Fossil Friday – mammoth tooth

Tomorrow is the Western Science Center’s annual fundraiser, Science Under the Stars. That has our entire staff, including me, wrapped up in preparations for 500 guests and a massive benefit ...
Valley of the Mastodon · 1M ago

Fossil Friday – mammoth tusk

I missed last Fossil Friday while I was attending the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in Calgary, which included posters on Diamond Valley Lake mastodon tusks and the Valley of the Mastod...
Valley of the Mastodon · 2M ago

Fossil Friday – mastodon vertebrae

Even though the Valley of the Mastodons exhibit is now open, it doesn’t mean that our mastodon work has moved to the backburner. On the contrary, we’re now doing more mastodon work than ever...
Valley of the Mastodon · 2M ago

Fossil Friday – Aviculopecten

During last week’s Valley of the Mastodons events, museum supporter Doug Shore donated a collection of invertebrate and plant fossils to Western Science Center.  Several of Doug’s specimens ...
Valley of the Mastodon · 2M ago

Valley of the Mastodons

I missed doing a Fossil Friday post last week. But my reason was a good one: that was the opening day for our new exhibit, Valley of the Mastodons! Valley of the Mastodons was more than just...