Party for the PlanetSunday, May 17th 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM  Santa Ana Zoo _____________________ From Dinosaurs to People: Reliving Orange County’s Past Sunday, July 19th 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Heritage Museum of Orange County _____________________ Prehistoric OC Saturday, October 10thRalph B. Clark Regional Parkwww.prehistoricoc.org
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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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Deciphering the Turtle Family Tree Cooper Center faculty curator James Parham was an author of a large study recently published in the journal Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. The study found that turtles are more closely related to crocodiles and birds than to other reptiles by sequencing their DNA.  Read more here.
Preserving Orange County's Past
Cooper Center Receives Grant In 2014, we received an award for a substantial NSF grant for paleo collections improvement. It will fund museum cabinets, other infrastructure, and student salaries to curate over 100,000 specimens in archival and accessible storage. This will make the collections available for research and exhibits, long into the future. Read more here.
Oldest Fur Seal Identified at Cooper Center
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... Powered by Cincopa <a href='http://www.cincopa.com/video-hosting'>Video Hosting for Business</a> solution.<span>Home Page</span><span>The Orange County Collections</span><span>The Orange County Collections contain several million specimens dating back 180 million years. They were found throughout Orange County over the past 80 years.</span><span>originaldate</span><span> 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM</span><span>width</span><span> 600</span><span>height</span><span> 450</span><span>Cooper Center Exhibits</span><span>The Cooper Center maintains fossils and artifacts illustrating Orange County's past on display throughout southern California. Check out the exhibits tab for venues in your area.</span><span>originaldate</span><span> 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM</span><span>width</span><span> 600</span><span>height</span><span> 450</span><span>Orange County's Prehistoric Mystery</span><span>Cogstones 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.</span><span>originaldate</span><span> 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM</span><span>height</span><span> 450</span><span>width</span><span> 600</span><span>orientation</span><span> 1</span><span>camerasoftware</span><span> Adobe Photoshop CS6 </span><span>Prehistoric OC</span><span>Prehistoric 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.</span><span>originaldate</span><span> 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM</span><span>height</span><span> 450</span><span>width</span><span> 600</span><span>orientation</span><span> 1</span><span>camerasoftware</span><span> Adobe Photoshop CS6 </span><span>Waldo the Walrus</span><span>The 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.</span><span>originaldate</span><span> 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM</span><span>height</span><span> 450</span><span>width</span><span> 600</span><span>orientation</span><span> 1</span><span>camerasoftware</span><span> Adobe Photoshop CS6 </span>
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The oldest known relative of living fur seals and sea lions has recently been described from a specimen at the Cooper Center, and was named Eotaria crypta. This specimen was misidentified as a small walrus for thirty years before its true identity was recognized by University of Otago PhD candidate Robert Boessenecker. The paper was published by Boessnecker and Morgan Churchill in Biology Letters. Read more here. 
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