Fossil Discoveries at Red Rock – SPECIAL EVENT
October 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
In Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Desert Protection Act
Saturday October 26th, 2019 at 7 pm
Red Rock Canyon State Park, 37749 Abbot Drive, Cantil, CA – Amphitheater
We are honored to announce that Dr. Xiaoming Wang, curator of Vertebrate Paleontology,
from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, will be speaking at Red Rock on fossils of Red Rock and the Geologic Formations of Red Rock and the El Paso Mountains.
For almost 50 years California State Parks has partnered with the paleontologists at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County to professionally collect and study Red Rock’s fossils. With their expert assistance, new exciting discoveries continue to unveil the hidden secrets of Red Rock. We are pleased to announce that noted curator of the Vertebrate Paleontology department Dr. Xiaoming Wang will give a presentation in the amphitheater regarding the rich history of fossils including the tusk of a gomphotheres (ancestor to the wooly mammoth); camels; ancient saber-toothed cats and the predecessor to a modern-day skunk.
The desert environs of Red Rock Canyon State Park represent one of the most important landscapes in California. This geological wonderland has yielded a treasure trove of scientific discoveries in the fields of botany, zoology, geology and more. One of the more fascinating scientific arenas is paleontology, as Red Rock Canyon represents an important national and international fossil bed.
Providing a window into worlds of the past, the protected fossil heritage of Red Rock Canyon has been studied for over a century. In fact, the first detailed study of this fossil heritage was published 100 years ago in 1919. This desert landscape is an ideal locale to preserve these treasures.
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