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Fossil Discovery Center

19450 Ave. 21 1/2 Chowchilla, California 93610

About Fossil Discovery Center

The Fossil Discovery Center is located at the Fairmead landfill in Madera County, the site of one of the largest Middle Pleistocene fossil excavations in North America.
These fossils are of particular significance for California and the western United States because there are few sites known from this time period, especially with so many species present. The facility interprets both the paleontology activity and the landfill activity.

These diverse themes are united by showing how the world of the past became the world of the present, and how our current activities, including waste disposal, will create the world of the future. The Fossil Discovery Center offers a good view of the valley floor and the rising foothills to the east, the area where prehistoric rivers washed down the bones that have become the Fairmead fossils.

The Fossil Discovery Center represents an opportunity for people to share an internationally important historical resource.

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Classified Under: Cultural Arts Scene, Discovery Centers & The Zoo, Family Friendly, Museums, Places and Attractions
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