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Fossils Behind the Scenes

Curator of Paleontology Eric Scott will give a gallery talk entitled “More Fossils in the Museum” on Saturday, June 18 at 2:00 p.m. The talk, in the Fisk Gallery of the San Bernardino County Museum, is free with museum admission.

Scott will provide a fresh perspective on many of the fossils currently on display throughout the museum, reviewing their significance to scientists and describing some of the interesting stories behind them. Using the current special exhibit, “Seldom Seen: Curators’ Choices from the Museum Collections,” as well as other standing Museum exhibits, he will show how there is often much more to any given fossil exhibit than meets the eye.

“Visitors come to the museum through the years and look at our exhibits, and they learn something,” Scott says. “But many of these displays have larger back stories, both scientifically and historically, than we can present in our displays. This talk will explore some of those stories, and how what you see at the museum can often be just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.” Scott’s presentation will also discuss current plans to bring additional rare fossil specimens into the limelight as the museum develops plans for its new Hall of Geological Wonders.

Curator of Paleontology Eric Scott has worked at the museum since 1991. He studies the evolution and extinction of Plio-Pleistocene large mammals in western North America, with a particular emphasis on horses and bison. His studies include both field and museum work throughout the western United States as well as Mexico and South America. He has authored numerous paleontology research articles in books and professional scientific journals. He is an adjunct instructor in biology at California State University, San Bernardino, and serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Paleontology. Prior to his present position, Scott was Chief Excavator at the Rancho La Brea “tar pits” in Los Angeles. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1990 and lives in Bloomington.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays and holiday Mondays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $6 (adult), $5 (senior or student) and $4 (child aged 5-12). Children under 5 and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. Snacks and beverages are available at the museum’s Garden Café from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit or call (909) 307-2669 / TDD/TTY: (909) 792-1462.

The San Bernardino County Museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. If assistive listening devices or other auxiliary aids are needed in order to participate in museum exhibits or programs, requests should be made through Museum Visitor Services at least three business days prior to your visit. Visitor Services’ telephone number is (909) 307-2669 ext. 229 / TDD/TTY: (909) 792-1462.


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