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Paleontology Laboratory Open House
Track Tales


Track Tales

Did you know: Anza-Borrego is one of the few places in California that have fossil tracks and trackways?

Did you know: In the 1920s-1950s news articles were reporting Dinosaur Tracks in the Anza-Borrego Desert to promote tourism of the area?

What animal made those tracks?


The tracks are what are called “trace fossils” and they record the presence of camels, horses, birds and others – the Track Makers who were here during the Pliocene and Pleistocene.

Where can you see them?

Visit us during Open House to view a portion of our fossil track collection and the bones of the track makers.

We will also be showing our work using 3D photogrammetry to create digital images and printable models of these ephemeral fossils. In the Paleontology Laboratory we are preparing our latest Mammoth skull, numerous mammoth bones and a giant land tortoise – all will be on display.

Come and find out how we read the tracks and what they tell us.

Meet at the ABDSP Visitors Center for the short walk over to the Stout Research Center.

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