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January 10, 2006 > Paleontology lecture series

Paleontology lecture series

Math Science Nucleus has finished remodeling the Wes Gordon Fossil Exhibit space to allow visiting groups to view Irvingtonian age (early Pleistocene) fossils of animals that roamed the East Bay before man arrived on the scene. Records of mammals include mammoth, saber tooth cat, cave bear, western horse, camelid, pronghorn antelope, and sloth.

Visitors to the exhibit can compare bones of these animals with representatives of all vertebrates and taxidermy specimens of living animals. Currently, tools of early humans are on display. Rock and Mineral specimens are also available. A new feature called the Hall of Small Wonders will allow students to use microscopes to view diatoms, foraminifers and radiolarians. This exhibit should be complete in March.

A lecture series by geologist Dr. Joyce Blueford, is scheduled to help educate the community about the Irvington Fossils. Each week will cover different aspects of the Irvington Fossils, geology of the area, and fossils in general. This series is designed for students and families interested in the natural wonders of their community. Lectures will be combined with a 15 to 30 minute discovery lab. There is a $2 fee for members and $3 fee for non-members. All proceeds will help maintain the museum.

Paleontology lecture series
Saturdays: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Jan. 14, The Irvington Fossils Story
Feb. 11, Fossilization
March 11, Mammoths and Mastodons
April 8, The Hayward Fault and the Irvington Fossils
May 13, Fossils of San Francisco Bay Area
June 10, California during the Ice Age

Math Science Nucleus
4074 Eggers Drive, Fremont
(510) 790 - 6284
Email: msn@msnucleus.org
http://msnucleus.org

 
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