Calif. Utility Stumbles On 1.4-Million-Year-Old Fossils

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Utility workers getting ready to build a new substation in Southern California have stumbled on a trove of fossils dating back 1.4 million years.

In a canyon southeast of Los Angeles, the workers found nearly 1,500 bone fragments of animals such as small rodents, two types of camels, ground sloths the size of a modern-day grizzly bear and the ancestor of the saber-toothed tiger. They also uncovered signs of various plantlife.

Rick Greenwood, a microbiologist with Southern California Edison says "this is just a huge find." Greenwood says what's interesting are the prehistoric camels, llamas, horses and deer.

Researchers say the fossils represent some 35 species and they'll be on display at the Western Science Center in nearby Hement, Calif. starting next year.

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