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Pleistocene Fossils of the Fairmead Landfill Site


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The Fossil Discovery Center
The public museum

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The Fairmead Landfill caught the attention of paleontologists when a mammoth tusk was uncovered there in 1993. Since then it has become a major site for fossils representing the Irvingtonian age (next-to-latest of the North American Land Mammal Age framework of provincial fossil ages).

The best specimens from the landfill are on exhibit at the Fossil Discovery Center north of Fresno, California, in the great San Joaquin Valley. Here the full-size replica of a Columbian mammoth towers over an actual mammoth tusk recovered at Fairmead, still in its original plaster jacket.

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