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The Tertiary in Texas, US

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Paleontology and geology

The Tertiary in Texas has a rich vertebrate fossil record. Mammalian diversity exploded as new species evolved, filling niches left by the extinction of the dinosaurs. Massive amounts of sediment washed down from the rising Rocky Mountains of the northwest into the Gulf of Mexico. Much of the High Plains and the modern Texas Coastal Plain is covered by rocks (the Ogallala Formation) formed from that sediment. Extensive volcanic activity poured lavas across the landscape in far western Texas.

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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.

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