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John Day Fossil Beds - Thomas Condon Paleontology Center

Paleontologists here are studying the history of ancient plants & animals...back 45 million years. We were lucky enough to join a Ranger tour at the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center at the Sheep Rock Unit. I admit that he lost me when he started talking about 20 million year old fossilized pollen (really??) but his story about the evolution of horses from 5 toed 'hiding' creatures to 1 toed 'running' creatures as the climate changed & they adapted to their environment really was very interesting. There were a couple of kids on our tour that asked great questions & he was awesome with them......although he almost had a coronary when I suggested that if he didn't know the answer to one of their questions, he could just make something up!! That's what Gary always does......

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