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Blake Bufford, manager of the Fossil Discovery Center of Madera County, invests much time in adding to knowledge about the many aspects of the site and its history. Appropriate study of fossils and models, plus accumulated scientific knowledge paints a picture of the probable relationship of creatures living in the area during the Pleistocene.

In this article Blake creates a “could have been” scenario that helps us better understand the process that much later led to our opportunity to gain a picture of the past through the Fossil Discovery Center.

One summer day, an old Columbian mammoth trudged along the bank of a shallow meandering river. The sparkling water barely reached her knees as she waded across the sandy stream, sending schools of small fish darting into the shadows.

She sloshed through a wide marsh of tall green cattails and tules, then up the bank through thickets of trees and brush, cracking branches and scattering birds as she went. Bits of leafy twigs hung from her sevenfoot tusks as she emerged from the trees and made her way slowly out onto the grassy plain. In the distance a large herd of horses grazed among a scattering of camels...


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