A Ranger Park in California worked in an petrified forest and discovered a treasure of prehistoric fossils. Among the fossils discovered on the site are an exceptionally well preserved mastodon skull and the remains of a massive salmon that weighed 400 pounds. Paleontologists say it’s one of the most important fossil discoveries in California.
Ranger Park who discovered the site realized that he was in an petrified forest when he noticed something that looked like wood but was smooth as the stone. The Ranger says he realized when he noticed an end was exposed that he could see tree rings inside that he was in a petrified forest. A quick search has discovered more petrified trees and after returning more than a few weeks for an additional survey, the Ranger has discovered the fossils of vertebrae.
After discovering fossils, the forest custody reached out to paleontologists and geologists, who quickly discovered the tip of a pearly bone while they remove the surrounding rock. Finally, they discovered that the small piece of bone was the extremely well preserved skull of a mastodon. Working in the past year, paleontologists have discovered hundreds of animal specimens of dozens of different species in a forest of 600 petrified trees.
The discovered fossils so far include giant salmon, an extinct camel that has been the size of a giraffe and a gomphyl, an elephant ancestor. The remains of rhinoceros, giant turtles, horses and other creatures were also discovered in the region. Scientists believe that bones have probably been transported in the region by floods and debris from the flow lava inside the land.
When the creatures extinct lived, paleontologists say that the region would have been a forest of oaks surrounded by an old ocean. Paleontologists keep the location of the site digging a secret to prevent anyone from looting. Mastodon’s skull will be presented at the Museum of Gateway Science later this fall