Blue Mountain Eagle Your Journey Begins Here Wednesday, July 28, 2010
John Day Fossil Beds National Monument:
“A trip through time” Did you know?
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JOHN DAY FOSSIL BEDS NATIONAL MONU- MENT – It’s hard to imagine that three-toed horses, rhinos, saber-toothed cat-like animals and lemur-like primates, lived in this now dry, dusty land. Between 25 and 28 million years ago in the Cenozoic era, the John Day River Basin region was covered with decid- uous forests and tropical jun- gles.
At John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, where visitors literally venture into prehistoric time, the story of the era known as “the age of mam- mals and flowering plants” is told.
John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is spread out over three distinct geo- graphic areas.
The Sheep Rock Unit is centrally-located in the monu- ment. There, the Thomas Con- don Paleontology Center is located, six miles northwest of
• The first horses in North America evolved 50 million years ago. At least 14 differ- ent genera have been found and documented from the fossil beds area. • 44 million years ago, the volcanoes in the Clarno area were surrounded by a near- tropical forest, where about 100 inches of rain fell each year. Tiny three-toed horses, huge rhino-like brontotheres, crocodilians, and meat-eating creodonts roamed the ancient jungles. Pillars of mud preserve the remains of brontothere, creodonts, palm trees and bananas. Brontotheres are large relatives of the horse and rhinoceros.
Dayville, two miles north on Route 19 from Highway 26. The center houses the wealth of fossil records that have been gathered. The center also offers inter- pretive exhibits, programs and audiovisual presentations. It is named for the pioneer geolo- gist, teacher, author and clergy- man who was the first scientific investigator of the fossils in the John Day Region. At the center, scientists, who have unearthed the pre- served remains from 40 of the 65 million years of the Ceno- zoic era, work before a viewing window, uncovering specimens brought out for further study.
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The John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is an experience you will never forget. Aside from hiking trails, the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center offers interpretive exhibits, programs and audiovisual presen- tations.
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The museum and visitor center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, hours are to 6 p.m. The facility is closed weekends and holidays from Thanksgiving through Febru- ary.
In addition to the center and museum, the unit includes the colorful, layered 1,100-foot Sheep Rock. Several hiking trails are scattered in and around the area. A variety of ranger-guided hikes, talks and other interpretive programs are offered. Visitors are reminded that it is a federal crime to take rocks as souvenirs from any place within the monument. Sheep Rock Unit also includes the monument’s head- quarters. Just 1/4 mile from the visitor center is the James Cant Ranch House. The historic home and outbuildings belonged to James Cant, Sr. at the height of sheep ranching within the region. Indoor and outdoor exhibits there, relate the history of human settlement on the ranch and within the region.
Ranger-guided tours are offered. The ranch was desig-
nated in 1975 as a National Historic District. A second unit within the monument, the Painted Hills are among heavily-eroded lay- ers of volcanic ash. Located 10 miles west of Mitchell, the area features vibrant-colored, ever- changing scenes. There are sev- eral interpretive trails, outdoor exhibits and a picnic area. Those visiting during the peak of wildflower season, late April to early May, receive another spectacular show from mother nature.
The Clarno Unit, the most remote, is located 18 miles west of the town of Fossil. Its most impressive landform is known as the Palisades. On various hiking trails, and at scattered exhibits, visitors can learn of the land as it was 44 million years ago. At that time, mudflows, called lahars, preserved a great diversity of fossils.
The area also has a picnic area.
For more information on John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, call 541-987-2333. For a link to the website, see www.MyEagleNews.com
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