Fossilized bones of Ice Age bison found during State Route 76 work near Pala Mesa

FALLBROOK – Highway contractors have uncovered the fossilized bones of an Ice Age bison in the Pala Mesa area of Fallbrook and will unveil the skeleton Monday, May 13 in San Diego.

Cal Trans officials said the bison was uncovered during excavations for the State Route 76 East project.

The fossil is estimated to be about 200,000 years old, and it is the first fossilized bison found in Southern California, according to experts at Cal Trans and the San Diego Natural History Museum at Balboa Park.

The bison has been moved from North County to the San Diego museum, where paleontologists are carefully cleaning sediment from it, Caltrans officials said. The state agency usually hires scientists to watch large construction sites for important geologic or anthropologic finds.

It will be unveiled at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the museum, 1788 El Prado, in the heart of Balboa Park.

8 Responses to "Fossilized bones of Ice Age bison found during State Route 76 work near Pala Mesa"

  1. Marilyn   May 11, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    This is one of the first worthwhile news articles I have read in a long time. Learning more about this find will be quite fascinating.

  2. FDA   May 11, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    That is so cool!

  3. De Luz Neighbor   May 12, 2013 at 6:44 am

    Shall we carpool?

  4. Lee   May 12, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    How wonderful.

  5. SB   May 12, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Fascinating! I agree with Marilyn. Please keep us posted. I found no other news source that carried this.

  6. MyView   May 13, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    An Ice Age bison among the avocado groves or down by the river – what a picture that would be!
    For those of you who have an interest in fossils & such (if you don’t already know) there is a museum in Hemet that has some exhibits that might interest you. The Western Center Museum has exhibits of Ice Age fossils and Native American items. It seems that when they were creating Diamond Valley Lake they unearthed many fossils. Here’s the website:

    It’ll be interesting to see if any other fossils are unearthed during other digs/construction in the Fallbrook area. This is great!

  7. Pooh Sticks   May 15, 2013 at 4:47 am

    Should we re-name that stretch of road the "Bison-Tennial Highway"?

  8. Pink   May 15, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Good one Pooh Sticks, I laughed out loud!! (-:


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