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Mar 20, 2013 - John Day Fossil Beds

Day 66 (am temp 47) John Day Fossil Beds Arrived too late yesterday to do much of anything around here, so stayed another day to take in the fossil beds. Actually, didn’t really get to the actual fossil beds, but visited the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center about 36 miles west of John Day, which is a National Park Service research facility dedicated to the study of the John Day Fossil Beds. In addition to excellent exhibits featuring hundreds of fossils – both plant and animal - there is even a viewing window of the lab. This is a good...

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Oct 16, 2012 - Sheep Rock, John Day Fossil Beds

After the colors and uniqueness of the Painted Hills, we were eager to visit another section of the John Day Fossil Beds. The drive to the Sheep Rock Unit was along Bridge Creek and the John Day River with aspen and other foliage showing their fall colors. The sudden appearance of Sheep Rock provides an imposing presence near the monument entrance. Its many layers of colored rock show both uplift and a fault line, clearly visible as a discontinuity of these colored lines. First stop: the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center,a visitor center...

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Apr 30, 2009 - John Day Fossil Beds

John Day Fossil Beds in central Oregon hide a remarkable secret. Concealed in the sedimentary rock of the John Day River Valley are some of the richest fossil beds in the world. In addition they contain a record of remarkable continuity in that the beds show an almost continuous 40 million year fossil record of diverse plant and animal life that existed here 54 million to 6 million years ago. The fossilized bones, shells, leaves, wood, teeth, nuts and seeds of the fossil beds provide a fascinating glimpse into the Age of Mammals. This is...

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Sep 20, 2008 - Historic Antelope

The John Day Fossil Beds National Monument was one of our motivations for visiting Central Oregon. The monument contains three widely separated units: Clarno, Painted Hills and Sheep Rock. On Thursday, September 18th we followed a circle route of about 300 miles that would allow us to visit the Clarno and Painted Hills units. The pictures from this side trip are presented in two journal entries. This set of pictures and the story below are about the town of Antelope. The next entry to the travel journal will present pictures and...

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Sep 20, 2008 - Fossils & Painted Hills

We went to the Clarno unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument as the second stop on our day tour from Culver on September 18th. The Monument was established in 1975 to preserve a selection of three fossil bed areas in the John Day Basin. The John Day Basin was first recognized as an important source of fossil specimens in the late 1860s during the formative period of paleontology. The Clarno Fossil Beds are located in the cliffs of the Clarno Palisades near the John Day River. The fossils were formed when volcanic ash and...

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Jul 7, 2007 - John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Oregon

We had a pretty long drive today. We left Huntington and drove to the John Day Fossil Bed's National Monument. When we got somewhat close I realized that we were not going to find a campground...... there aren't any. But we though, Oh Well we'll find one. We tried but we didn't. We almost stopped at a place that Gary Thurmon told us about, but we didn't stop. It didn't look like it would have electricity and is so hot we wanted to run our AC. The John Day Fossil Bed's National Monument is spread out over a large area and is concentrated in...

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