The Stout Research Center Laboratory and Collection Hall is open to the public as part of select community and ABDSP events.
ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE
October 22, 1pm to 3pm
October 23, 9am to noon
Ancient Horses of Anza-Borrego
Horses are native to North America, originating on this continent approximately 57 million years ago.
Throughout much of their history, they were a diverse group, comprising many different genera and species, especially during the dramatic climate changes of the Miocene Epoch, between 24 and 5 million years ago. Horses dispersed to Asia, Europe, and Africa during that time.
The last 5 million years saw a drastic reduction, worldwide, with complete extinction of horses in their native North America by the late Pleistocene, about 11,000 years ago. Today, the only surviving genus of horse is Equus, reintroduced to North America by Spanish explorers in the 16th Century.
The spectacular sedimentary outcrops within the Anza-Borrego Desert capture a relatively recent period in the long evolutionary history of the horse. The fossil Collections contain over 5,000 bones and teeth, from at least 2 genera and several species of horse, dating back 4.5 million years.
Please meet at the ABDSP Visitors Center for the short guided walk over to the Stout Research Center, to visit the exhibits in the Laboratory and Collection Hall.
Paleontology and geology lectures, fossil curation and laboratory preparation workshops,and field surveys are held each Friday, November thru May.
Our 2016-2017 class will begin on November 4th.
Join us at the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitor's Center from 9am to 4pm.
The first lecture will be an Introduction to the Anza-Borrego Desert.
9am: Introduction to the Paleontology Society
10am: Lecture: Introduction to the Anza-Borrego Desert
12-1:30pm: lunch break 1:30-4pm: Collection Hall, Laboratory and Library tour
For more information call Dr. Lyndon Murray, District Paleontologist
(760) 767 - 4974
email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Monthly Certification Class lectures are open to the public.
We meet at the ABDSP Visitors Center at 10am, following our General Meeting.
Lectures are part of a series and include:
November 4: Introduction to ABDSP
December 9: Petrified Woods from the Colorado River Delta - What do we know?
January 13: Guest lecturer Greg McDonald Ground Sloths, Tree Sloths, Sea Sloths
January 14: Evening lecture by Greg McDonald: Snowmass: A Record of Climate Change in the Rocky Mountains During the Ice Age, 7pm at the ABDSP Visitors Center.
February 10: 10am, Emeritus professor of Geology Monte Marshall will be presenting a talk on "The Geologic Evolution of the Gulf of California, the Salton Trough and the San Andreas Fault System", the talk will be followed by a Field Trip on Saturday down to Painted Gorge near Ocotillo where we will be seeing and discussing the volcanics. The field trip will also include a stop at the Imperial Valley Desert Museum in Ocotillo.
Monte's Recommended Reading List
March 10: Patrick Vaughan, California State Parks Engineering Geologist
10am: State Parks landscape restoration near the Mendocino Triple Junction in Northwestern California
7:30pm: Methods to assess seismic hazard and coastal landscape and cultural indicators of subduction zone tsunami and earthquakes
April 14: TBA
Check back - our season's schedule is just getting set, and we sometimes add presentations and lectures by visiting researchers.
The Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitor's Center is at the end of Palm Canyon Drive in Borrego Springs.