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Chowchilla, California: Fossil Discovery Center

Adjacent to the Fairmead Landfill, which is where all the fossils were discovered. No dinosaurs, but there are Smilodon and Mammoth skeletons.

19450 Ave. 21 1/2, Chowchilla, CA
CA-99/Golden State Hwy exit 164. Turn west onto Ave. 21 1/2 and drive a quarter-mile to the four-way stop. You'll see the museum on the left.
W-Sa 9-4, Su 11-4 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $9.
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Mammoth skeleton.

Fossil Discovery Center

The museum features fossils from the Middle-Pleistocene (780,000 years ago) including a Mammoth, Smilodon, Sloth, Dire Wolf, Camel, and Horse. 15,000 fossils have been found at Fairmead.

[Andrea D, 06/16/2020]

The museum is adjacent to the Fairmead Landfill, which is where all the fossils were discovered. Smilodon and Mammoth skeletons are about as close as mammals get to the prestige of dinosaur bones.

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