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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

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

Upcoming Events

National Fossil Day

Saturday, October 17, 2015, 1 pm - 4 pm
The Alf Museum is celebrating National Fossil Day with a variety of activities and half off admission for visitors (4 & under are always free)!

Peccary Dinner

Friday, October 23, 2015
Museum closed for 23rd Annual Peccary Dinner

That evening (6 to 9 pm), members of the Peccary Society and friends and supporters of the museum will gather to celebrate our 23rd Annual Peccary Society Dinner and the results of our research efforts with Webb Students. 
For more information or to register for the dinner, click here.



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