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The Quaternary in Texas, US

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Paleontology and geology

With the retreat of the glaciers of the Early Quaternary (Pleistocene), the landscape was sculpted by erosion into what we see today. Texas was an “ocean” of grasses that supported a vast population of large mammals, such as bison, mammoths, and mastodons. This map indicates exposures of Quaternary rocks in the southwest and along the southeastern coast.

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Museums (showing 2 of 2 listings)

Mayborn Museum Complex, Waco, TX: The Mayborn Museum is the home of one of the oldest natural history collections in Texas. Once part of the Strecker Museum, the collection is now displayed as part of the Mayborn’s Waco at the Crossroads of Texas exhibits. These exhibits explore the Mesozoic and Cenozoic Eras in Central Texas and feature amazing fossil finds from the area including a plesiosaur and a 75 million year old marine turtle. The Mayborn also offers the only way to experience the internationally known Waco Mammoth Site, the world’s largest concentration of Columbian mammoths dying from a single event. The Waco Mammoth Site exhibit includes original casts of the fossils, video, and exploration stations. With something for everyone, the Mayborn is a must see for anyone interested paleontology, mammoths, or just the unique history of Central Texas.

Lubbock Lake Landmark: This site describes the research and programs at the Lubbock Lake Landmark - an archaeological preserve containing evidence of peoples on the Southern High Plains for almost 12,000 years. Late Pleistocene fossils of mastodons and bison are also found.

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Research and Collections

Ongoing Research Projects (showing 1 of 1 listings)

Late Pleistocene Vertebrates of the El Paso Region: Contains a checklist of the Late Pleistocene fauna (mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and birds) from the Chihuahuan Desert of southern Texas.

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Researchers (showing 1 of 1 listings)

Laboratory for Environmental Biology, Centennial Museum: Home page for the LEB at University of Texas at El Paso, with information on collections and research.

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Field Guides (showing 1 of 1 listings)

The Pleistocene Fauna of South Texas: An annotated fossil list, with photographs of specimens, of late Pleistocene fossils from South Texas.

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