Latest John Day Fossil Beds National Monument Stories

Image 1 - Modern Coyotes Much Smaller Than Their Ice Age Ancestors
2012-02-28 08:54:40

A new fossil study of North American Ice Age coyotes finds that modern coyotes are much smaller in size today than they were several during the Ice Age. Researchers studying museum collections of coyote skeletons dating from 38,000 years ago to the present day found the surprising change in size and have developed several theories as to why it occurred. Study co-author Julie Meachen of the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) in Durham, North Carolina says,...

Beaver Have Experienced Little Change Over 7 Million Years
2011-09-19 10:01:11

  The fossilized teeth of a beaver found by Bureau of Land Management (BLM) employees on federal land represents the earliest record of the animal in North America and are estimated to be 7 to 7.3 million years old. The teeth come from the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, a protected area with an abundance of fossils, Fox News is reporting. Surprisingly, the fossil teeth are almost identical to the chompers of living beavers and illustrate that the animal has changed little...

2008-08-01 15:00:14

By Eric Mortenson, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Aug. 1--It's been a long time coming -- 30 million to 50 million years, by one way of looking at it. But Sunday afternoon marks the groundbreaking for the Paleo Lands Field Center in Fossil, an eastern Oregon town looking to brighten its future by inviting visitors to revel in the past. The field center will serve as a hub for tourists exploring the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, including the much-photographed Painted Hills....

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  • A bat.
The word 'reremouse' comes from Middle English reremous, from Old English hrēremūs, hrērmūs ("bat"), equivalent to rear (“to move, shake, stir”) +‎ mouse.