A treasure trove of ice age fossils has turned up at a construction site in Carlsbad, CA where hundreds of new homes are planned south of state Route 78.
Bones of ancient mammoths, horses, turtles and even a prehistoric bison — the second ever found in San Diego County — have been unearthed at the site, said Tom Deméré, curator of paleontology at the San Diego Natural History Museum.
All the fossils are from the Pleistocene Epoch, also known as the ice age, and are from 50,000 to 200,000 years old.
“It’s really an exciting project in terms of the geology and paleontology,” Deméré said.
“The fossils have the potential to tell us a great deal about the climate, the environment, (and) the ecology of that time when they were living,” he said. “They are direct connections with the past, an ancient ecosystem that was once common here. We can understand how climates can change by studying these ancient ecosystems.”
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