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John Day Fossils

OPB | Jan. 17, 2008 12:30 p.m.

Giant crocodiles, killer hog-like creatures as big as buffalo, monster bears, elephants and rhinos used to roam Oregon millions of years ago. Volcanic eruptions buried the landscape in ash, preserving the skeletons of many of these animals. For over a century, paleontologists have been researching he area, and their findings are displayed in a National Park Service museum near the town of John Day.

First Broadcast: 2005
Producer: Jim Newman

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