Category Archives: Camels

Fossil Friday – camel lumbar vertebra

While we only have one well-preserved skull of the extinct camel Camelops hesternus from Diamond Valley Lake, we have a large number of post-cranial remains. Continue reading

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Fossil Friday-camel humerus

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In spite of the facts that camels are among the more common large animals from Diamond Valley Lake and are intrinsically cool, I’ve somehow managed to get almost halfway through 2016 without featuring them on Fossil Friday. I’ll rectify that today. Continue reading

Fossil Friday – wildfires

A large wildfire, called the “Lake Fire“, is currently burning in the San Bernardino National Forest. Even though the fire is about 50 km north of Hemet, smoke from the fire is clearly visible from the Western Science Center.

Wildfires such as this are widespread in Southern California during the su Continue reading

Fossil Friday – bite marks on a camel skull

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One of the specimens we have on display at the Western Science Center is a cranium and partial vertebral column including the neck of the camel Camelops hesternus. A closer examination of the skull reveals some surprising features.  Continue reading

Fossil Friday – camel molar

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For this week’s Fossil Friday we’ll return to camels, specifically the large extinct camel Camelops hesternus that’s pretty common in Pleistocene deposits in California. Continue reading

Visiting the Raymond M. Alf Museum

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I spent today continuing to familiarize myself with Southern California by visiting the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology, located in Claremont on the campus of The Webb Schools. Once I arrived, Museum Director Don Lofgren, Curator Andy Farke, and Outreach Director Kathy Sanders kindly spent the better part of a day showing me around their museum and discussing museum operations and California paleontology. Continue reading

Fossil Friday – more camel bones

2014-10-03aLast week for Fossil Friday I showed an example of a metapodial of an extinct camel, Camelops hesternus, which was collected about a mile from the museum’s current location. It turns out that the metacarpals weren’t found in isolation. Several other bones were found nearby, including the two large fragments shown above. Continue reading

Fossil Friday – camel metacarpal

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For Fossil Friday, we have the hand bone (front foot bone) of the western camel, Camelops hesternus, seen here in anterior view (the bottom is to the left). It was collected about a mile from where the museum is now located, and was associated with several other camel bones. Continue reading