Celebrating Our Volunteers The Cooper Center celebrated the holiday season by saying thanks to our many volunteers. Susan Torello was recognized as our 2013 Volunteer of the Year for all her hard work and expertise in the archaeology database.  Read more here.
Titans exhibitOpen now! Atrium Gallery, Pollak Library, Cal State FullertonSee OC’s original Titans, including mammoths, mastodons, dinosaurs, and whales, and learn about prehistoric cultures that date back 10,000 years. Learn about current research being conducted by CSUF students.  _____________________ Lecture SeriesMultiple datesFullerton Arboretum Join us for a lecture series covering a diversity of topics including paleontology and archaeology, this November and December.
The Whale Graveyard The Cooper Center faculty curator, James Parham, collaborated with scientists from the Universidad de Chile and the Smithsonian at the “Cerro Ballena” site. Read more here.
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Preserving Orange County's Past
International Researchers visit the Cooper Center In November, researchers from around the world visited the paleontology collections at the Cooper Center. They were thrilled with the amount of material that remains to be studied in the Orange County collections, and many will be returning to conduct more research.  Read more here.
Cooper Center Receives Collections Improvement Grant
... Powered by Cincopa Video Hosting for Business solution.Home PageThe Orange County CollectionsThe Orange County Collections contain several million specimens dating back 180 million years. They were found throughout Orange County over the past 80 years.height 450width 600originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMTitans! Exhibit, Open Now!"Titans! Student Research in Archaeology and Paleontology at the Cooper Center," is open now at the Cal State Fullerton Pollak Library. height 450width 600originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMOrange County's Prehistoric MysteryCogstones are distinctive artifacts that date back thousands of years. Their exact purpose is unknown today, but there are many ideas, including that they were game pieces, ceremonial objects, or fishing net weights.height 450width 600orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CS6 originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMPrehistoric OCPrehistoric OC is held every October at Ralph B. Clark Regional Park in celebration of Orange County's rich past. Other outreach events occur elsewhere throughout the year.height 450width 600orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CS6 originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMWaldo the WalrusThe 3D scan of skull and jaws of Waldo show why he is the unofficial mascot of the Cooper Center. This incredibly complete fossil walrus is under study by CSUF students and scientific specialists.height 450width 600orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CS6 originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM
The Cooper Center just received an award for a substantial NSF grant for paleo collections improvement from the Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) program. It will fund museum cabinets, other infrastructure, supplies, and four students to curate and store the materials in the cabinets under the supervision of Meredith Rivin with guidance from Jere Lipps and Jim Parham. This will go a long way towards organizing those parts of the collection that consist of prepared and loose specimens and properly storing them.  We are very happy and look forward to getting this project underway in the next month or so.