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The Geological Sciences Division  provides paleontological assessments, excavation monitoring, salvage collecting, and associated curation, preservation, and storage functions for non-renewable fossil resources. With nearly 20 years of experience, the program has salvaged hundreds of thousands of irreplaceable fossil specimens and preserved them in trust for coming generations, all without impacting development schedules.

  • Field survey and assessment
  • Excavation monitoring and salvage
  • Preservation and conservation of specimens
  • Identification and curation


The Regional Paleontologic Locality Inventory houses records, maps, reports, photographs, and field notes relative to more than 3,000 paleontologic sites in inland Southern California. Records are maintained for San Bernardino County, Riverside County, and surrounding Imperial, Kern, Inyo, and Los Angeles counties, as well as neighboring areas in western Nevada and Arizona. RPLI provides literature and records searches for agencies and developers, gathering data upon which to make informed decisions about mitigation of impacts to non-renewable resources.

Contact Eric Scott, (909) 798-8616.

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