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500 mark Fossil Day at center

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A double celebration of National Fossil Day and the second anniversary of the Fossil Discovery Center in Chowchilla had children and adults’ attention fixed on numerous exhibits and activities in and outdoors.

The celebration, put on by the San Joaquin Valley Paleontology Foundation and the National Parks Service, included a free mock dig, tours of the center, an Atlatl spear throwing demonstration, animals from the Fresno Chaffee Zoo, an educator presenting Native American culture, an exhibit of Hominid skull replicas and food. The center’s regular exhibits were also open.

About 500 people showed up to the event on Saturday. That’s more than last year’s 200, said FDC director Blake Bufford.

“We have a lot of new things,” he said. Bufford showed visitors how to throw an Atlatl, which is a stone age weapon that predates the bow and arrow by 40,000 years...


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