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Discovery Center preparing for Fossil Day

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Today’s article, as the previous one, is a contribution by Larry Martin, a valuable asset to the Fossil Discovery Center, with his science teaching experience, interest and involvement in all aspects of the Center and its ongoing improvement.

The staff and volunteers at the Fossil Discovery Center continue to prepare for National Fossil Day on Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Some new displays are being planned, and temporary exhibits are being obtained. The Center is seeking to provide diverse exhibits and activities to appeal to a variety of visitors. The gift shop will be open and feature some new items.

A collection of petrified wood is scheduled for the event. Plant tissues decompose readily and require a unique set of conditions for fossilization. The process of fossilization and preservation environments for all types of fossils will be presented.

An excellent display of hominid skull models is scheduled for exhibit. This exhibit is the property of Dr. Robert Caton of Modesto. The entire series, containing 27 skulls, ranges from Aegytopithecus Zeuxis (29 million years old) to our most recent hominid ancestors. The set may include the newest “Lucy” skull (Australopithecus afarensis) dated to 3.2 million years ago. These models were a big attraction at the Mother Lode Mineral Society Show in Turlock in March of this year...


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