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Paleontologist and Educator Focused on Native Americans Honored by Alf Museum

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On October 23, 2015, the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology will honor Dr. Kent Smith of Oklahoma State University's Center for Health Sciences, with its first-ever Alf Award for Excellence in Paleontological Research and Education at its annual Peccary Society dinner. The award honors a paleontologist who exhibits excellence both in original scientific research, as well as in education and outreach at the primary and secondary school (K-12) levels.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 October 2015 07:54

Alf Museum scientist names oldest “horned” dinosaur from North America

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Aquilops; reconstruction by Brian Engh.

A fossil skull small enough to fit in the palm of your hand represents the oldest species of horned dinosaur named from North America. The discovery, announced by a multi-institution team including the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology at The Webb Schools, is 40 million years older than the iconic Triceratops.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 January 2015 11:19

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

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