Thomas Condon Paleontology Center - Kimberly, Oregon
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member ddtfamily
N 44° 33.163 W 119° 38.769
11T E 289825 N 4936671
Quick Description: Museum showcasing fossils from John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 3/4/2013 5:37:28 PM
Waymark Code: WMGGNX
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita
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Long Description:
The Thomas Condon Paleontology Center features an impressive collection of more than 40,000 fossils dating to the period from 5 million to 44 million years ago. The center is located within the Sheep Rock Unit of John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. The center features interactive displays, including "touch tables" and microscopes, artwork (paintings, murals) and a wealth of information arranged in displays illustrating the various regions where the fossils were found and the variety of plants and animals fossils discovered.

The center is named for Thomas Condon, a Christian minister whose interest in the fossils he found in the region led him to studying geology and paleontology. He ultimately was appointed as Oregon's first State Geologist and later became the first professor of Geology at the University of Oregon.

There is no admission fee and the museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week, with the exception of several holidays (see Park Website for details).

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What kinds of fossils are found here:
A wide variety: saber-toothed cats, tomarctus (ancestor of wolves), early camels, rodents, entelodonts (related to pigs), many kinds of trees and other plants.

Admission Fee: no

Link for more information about this site: [Web Link]

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