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Valley of the Mastodon · 2d 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 · 1W 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 · 1W 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...
Valley of the Mastodon · 3W ago

Fossil Friday – mastodon tusks

In three days scientists start arriving in Hemet for the Valley of the Mastodons symposium, and we’re one week from the opening of the associated Valley of the Mastodons exhibit. As a result...
Valley of the Mastodon · 4W ago

Fossil Friday – mastodon jaw fragment

As we build up to our new exhibit opening, I’ll continue the Month of Mastodons with a partial lower jaw. This is the back end of the left dentary, seen in lateral view with anterior to the ...
Valley of the Mastodon · 1M ago

Fossil Friday – mastodon partial skull

Our latest mastodon installment as we approach the “Valley of the Mastodons” exhibit opening 3 weeks from now is “Braces”, a partial mastodon skull from the San Diego Canal. “Braces” is stil...
Valley of the Mastodon · 1M ago

Fossil Friday – mastodon calcaneum

Continuing with our mastodon spree in preparation for next month’s “Valley of the Mastodons” workshop and exhibit, this week for Fossil Friday we have a mastodon calcaneum. This is a left ca...
Valley of the Mastodon · 1M ago

Fossil Friday – mastodon axis vertebra

With the opening of the Valley of the Mastodons exhibit a little over a month away, we’ve started pulling specimens from the collections to work on layouts. The lab and collections workroom ...
Valley of the Mastodon · 1M ago

Fossil Friday – mastodon caudal vertebra

As promised, as we prepare for the Valley of the Mastodons workshop and exhibit, I’m going to be talking even more than usual about mastodons. We have hundreds of mastodon bones in the WSC c...
Valley of the Mastodon · 2M ago

Fossil Friday – mastodon molar

This August we’re opening a major new exhibit and hosting an associated workshop at Western Science Center, Valley of the Mastodons. In the lead-up to the exhibit/workshop, I’m going to be t...