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Wildlife in the Tropical Forests of Prehistoric California

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Collecting fossils in the Goler Formation

Sixty million years ago, the Mojave Desert of southern California was blanketed by a lush tropical forest. Where desert tortoises and sidewinders now roam, early mammals thrived alongside crocodiles and river turtles on a coastal plain. For decades, fewer than a dozen fragmentary fossils were known. Thanks to hundreds of new specimens uncovered by the Alf Museum, our picture of this ancient world is now much clearer. A scientific paper, just published in the journal American Museum Novitates, details 18 kinds of fossil mammals from this time, three of them completely new to science. These include California’s oldest primate as well as relatives of modern hoofed mammals.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 10:02 Read more...
 

An Ancient Alligator for the Alf Museum

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Lower jaw and reconstructed skull of Leidyosuchus

Ancient Utah was even more infested by crocodilians than thought, thanks to a new discovery announced by the Alf Museum. This 75 million year old partial skeleton turns out to be from an early alligator called Leidyosuchus, which had previously only been known from rocks of a similar age in Alberta. With this find, scientists have identified a whopping six different kinds of ancient crocs living in southern Utah at the same time!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 February 2014 06:14 Read more...
 

Summer Junior Paleontology Program

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The Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology at The Webb Schools is a one-of-a-kind science research institution: a nationally-accredited museum housed on the school campus. With a collection of over 150,000 specimens, including rare discoveries spanning 500 million years of global history, the Museum is a perfect site for students to dig into science and explore the fossil record.

This ten-day residential program will immerse rising 7th and 8th grade students in the world of the research scientist as they learn the latest methods and technologies for reconstructing our prehistoric world.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 December 2013 11:50 Read more...
 

Upcoming Events

Alumni Peccary Trip

Alumni Peccary Trip - Barstow

 
Family Science Discovery Day - The Ice Age

The Ice Age!
Saturday, May 10, 2014, 1 pm - 4 pm
This hands-on science learning and fun day for the general public features learning stations, touch tables, and related crafts activities. Activities subject to change. Special Admission Fee: $3 per person; 4 & under are free

 

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