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Chowchilla Hosts Largest Collection of Dinosaur Fossils on West Coast


The west coast's largest collection of dinosaur fossils can be found right here in the Central Valley.

The Fossil Discovery Center in Chowchilla opened it's doors to the public on Wednesday.  

It took 17 years of digging to fill the center, and paleontologists are still digging for more.

 The main attractions include a 700,000 year old Columbian Mammoth tusk and a 65 million year old Mosasaur fossil. It also features skeletons of all kinds of animals, from bears and mammoths, to saber–toothed tigers.

"The fossils are owned by the people of the state of California, under the care of the people of Madera County. We're very excited that we're open, and we look forward to seeing everyone," says Terry Dolph who serves on the center's Board of Directors.

The center is located at Avenue 21 ½ , just west of Highway 99 near Fairmead on 19450 Avenue 21 ½, Chowchilla. It's open Tuesdays through Sundays, 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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