A construction site in Carlsbad, California has recently revealed some amazing 200,000 old fossils, in an area where about six hundred homes were meant to be built. Due to the extraordinary discovery that was made in July, any construction work in the area was ceased.
California has been a cradle for such wonderful findings for a long time. So far, the earliest ones dates back to 1.5 billion years ago and they represent forms of microbial life from Proterozoic times.
These fossils were found in July at the building site located off State Route 78. The construction company has been working with paleontologists to take them out and grade them. It is estimated the work will go on for at least another two months.
According to the curator of the paleontology department at the San Diego Museum of Natural History, there might be even more fossils on the construction site. The time period they belong to might be the Ice Age, better known as the Pleistocene Epoch.
The second prehistoric bison that was discovered in San Diego was to be dug out at the construction site, along with fossils of turtles, horses and mammoths.
The bison fossils included the skull and part of its skeleton, making it one of the most complete animals found in this area. The bison is very large, much bigger than the ones we are used to. This is what makes scientists believe that they are in the presence of an antique bison or a giant bison.
Demere and his team are very excited about the discovery, because these remains can provide a lot of useful information about that period of time, including the climate, the ecology and the environment.
This can be very useful for predicting how climate is going to change in the future and what actions can be taken.
The building construction is due to begin immediately after the experts have finished grading the site. Hopefully, more fossils will be found not far from the excavation place.
Construction sites are usually the most prolific ones when it comes to fossils. A few years ago, more than five hundred fossils were discovered when the workers were building a dam at Calaveras Reservoir. “We started finding fossils here before construction even started. It was exciting. We were finding scallops, and I said, ‘I want to get a whale.’ And we did,” said paleontologist Jim Walker.
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