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Early Museum Closure

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Due to a scheduled power outage, the Alf Museum will close at 2:30 pm on Tuesday, March 31. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 March 2015 20:24
 

Job Opening: Collections Manager

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The Alf Museum is opening a new position for a collections manager, to start in Fall 2015. Applications are due by April 20, 2015. The Collection Manager is charged with overseeing use and care of the fossil collection at the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology. This involves working with museum faculty and staff to ensure the organization, conservation, and accessibility of a collection totaling over 150,000 individual specimens. For more information, see the official posting (PDF).

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 March 2015 08:35
 

Seeking Nominations: Raymond M. Alf Award for Excellence in Paleontological Research & Education

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The Raymond M. Alf Award for Excellence in Paleontological Research and Education honors a paleontologist who exhibits excellence both in original scientific research as well as in education and outreach at the primary and secondary school (K-12) levels. Nominations are due by March 31.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 20:08 Read more...
 

Alf Museum scientist names oldest “horned” dinosaur from North America

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Aquilops; reconstruction by Brian Engh.

A fossil skull small enough to fit in the palm of your hand represents the oldest species of horned dinosaur named from North America. The discovery, announced by a multi-institution team including the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology at The Webb Schools, is 40 million years older than the iconic Triceratops.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 January 2015 11:19 Read more...
 

Wildlife in the Tropical Forests of Prehistoric California

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Collecting fossils in the Goler Formation

Sixty million years ago, the Mojave Desert of southern California was blanketed by a lush tropical forest. Where desert tortoises and sidewinders now roam, early mammals thrived alongside crocodiles and river turtles on a coastal plain. For decades, fewer than a dozen fragmentary fossils were known. Thanks to hundreds of new specimens uncovered by the Alf Museum, our picture of this ancient world is now much clearer. A scientific paper, just published in the journal American Museum Novitates, details 18 kinds of fossil mammals from this time, three of them completely new to science. These include California’s oldest primate as well as relatives of modern hoofed mammals.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 10:02 Read more...
 

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Monday-Friday: 8 am - 4 pm
Saturday: 1 pm - 4 pm
Sunday: Closed

$6 per person, 4 & under are free

Upcoming Events

Early Museum Closure

Due to a scheduled power outage, the Alf Museum will close at 2:30 pm on Tuesday, March 31. We apologize for any inconvenience.

 
Family Science Discovery Day - Ancient Traces

Ancient Traces
Saturday, April 11, 2015, 1 pm - 4 pm
This hands-on science learning and fun day for the general public features learning stations, touch tables, and related crafts activities. Activities subject to change. Special Admission Fee: $3 per person; 4 & under are free

 

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