Fossils In Death Valley--How My Interest Began


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Posted by Inyo on May 15, 2003 at 08:56:34:

Many readers of this particular forum probably know that I'm the proprietor of a web page called, Fossils In Death Valley National Park over at http://mojave.topcities.com/dv/dvfossils.htm . Occasionally, somebody will inquire by email just how my interest in the fossils of Death Valley National Park began. The rather easy answer is that it all started with a black and white picture of a fossil mastodon tusk from the late Pleistocene Rogers Lake Beds in a now out-of-print book by Dr. Thomas Clements (longtime professor of geology at the University of Southern California) entitled "Geological Story of Death Valley." Jump on over to http://mojave.topcities.com/dv/mastodontusk.html to learn more about how it all began.

For a couple of images of a fossil horse astragalus (also colloquially called an ankle bone) I spotted in the late Pleistocene Rogers Lake Beds during a visit to Death Valley National Park in April 2003 check out http://mojave.topcities.com/dv/horseastragalus.html . This particular horse astragalus had weathered out in the same general badlands area as the mastodon tusk whose photograph in the book by Dr. Clements had first fired my imagination for fossils in Death Valley.

And for a series of images of the late Pleistocene Rogers Lake Beds in Death Valley National Park, visit
http://mojave.topcities.com/dv/rogerslakebeds.html .



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