CHOWCHILLA — Ever wonder what it was like to bring down a mammoth with a prehistoric spear-throwing weapon? Visitors to the Fossil Discovery Center on Oct. 19 can try using the weapon — called an atlatl — themselves, as well as gaze at microfossils and search for “cross rocks,” which they can keep.
These activities and more will be available for National Fossil Day, which was named four years ago by the National Park Service and American Geosciences Institute to promote awareness, appreciation and stewardship of fossils.
The center, 19450 Avenue 21 1/2, will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors over 55, and $4 for students. The mock fossil dig, which is normally $4, will be free that day.
“Besides our usual amazing exhibits of Columbian mammoths, giant sloths, and Saber-tooth cats, we have other fun and hands on activities for kids,” said Blake Bufford, director of the museum...