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120,000-year-old fossilized prehistoric whale bone found at Oceanside Beach Resorts in California

120,000-year-old fossilized prehistoric whale bone found at Oceanside Beach Resorts in California

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Still, the single whale bone helps create a bigger picture of what the region was like long ago. The fossil will eventually be taken to the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park.


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Other important fossils have turned up at North County construction sites over the years.

The San Diego region holds fossils documenting many important moments in Earth’s history.

Siltstone layers 40 million to 50 million years old in Carlsbad contain well-preserved skeletons of early rodents, hedgehogs, primates, tapirs, brontotheres, and camels. Also, some of the only dinosaur fossils ever found in California were located in Carlsbad, from the Cretacious period more than 70 million years ago. Much more recently, mammoths lived throughout North America and became extinct about 4,000 years ago. Their fossils have been found at several construction sites in the county.

Even though the whalebone found at Oceanside was 120,000 years old, it probably was similar to most leviathans living today.

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