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John Day Fossils


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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Jackrabbits; John Day Fossils; Jenkins Heritage Tours

Oregon Field Guide: Episode #1708
Original Broadcast: January 17, 2008