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Fresh resolutions for the Paleontology Foundation

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webmaster | 01/17/13

I wonder how many people or organizations adopt New Year’s resolutions. Anyway, it’s good to do a review at the end of the year, and set one or more new goals.

Here are ours for the San Joaquin Valley Paleontology Foundation. We’ll check on our progress on them from time to time and hope you will visit, participate and enjoy.

We resolve: to keep our focus on appropriate science education for the thousands of students who come to the Center on field trips during the year. To give them a real hands-on experience that focuses on the past here a long time ago, how things have changed, what the food chain was like, what plants were here and to some extent still are, and how they can relate the Madera area then to now.

While the large, impressive and sometimes scary fossils and models that are displayed at the Center all died off due to climate change and other factors, a number of smaller creatures were able to dig in or adapt so that now when we see gophers, snakes, turtles, voles, and a number of other smaller creatures, we are observing the surviving species from about a million and a half years ago. The middle Pleistocene, beginning about 1.5 million years ago, and ending about 10,000 years ago, is the period of time represented by exhibits in the Fossil Discovery Center...


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