Paleontology

Paleontological research in Coastal Southern California national parks have been conducted since the early 20th century. Due to the transformational effects of rising sea levels, changing sea temperatures, and landform modifications, many paleontological resources are still constantly being unearthed and significant finds continue to emerge providing new opportunities for research.

Past Research
Current Research
Research Opportunities

Past Research
[blurb about past research]

  Cabrillo Channel Islands Santa Monica Mountains
Examination of Quaternary paleontology of megamammals   X  
Identification of temporal overlap between pygmy mammoths and humans on Santa Rosa Islands   X  
Investigation of fossil records from the past 10,000 years to document historical significance of Torrey Pine stands and other paleo-botany through the analysis of pollen and sediment chemistry   X  
Investigation of the fossil flora and fauna in Old Topanga Canyon and Saddle Peak     X
       

Current Research
[blurb about past research]

  Cabrillo Channel Islands Santa Monica Mountains
       

Research Opportunities
The National Park Service encourages paleontological research in Coastal Southern California national parks. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  Cabrillo Channel Islands Santa Monica Mountains
Long-term monitoring of paleontological resources including the loss of specimens due to natural erosion processes X    
Determining and evaluating site-specific timelines for paleontological resources, and developing associated interpretive products X    
Comparing species variation between those found in the fossil record and current species X    
Effects of erosion and human activity on paleontological resources X X  
Inventories and assessments of threats to resources (whether natural or human-related)   X  
Invertebrates from the tertiary marine sediments   X  
Smaller terrestrial species of Pleistocene age and invertebrate fossils embedded within the Miocene strata on the Channel Islands   X  
Future studies of the Amphitheater Site (Old Topanga Canyon) in the Santa Monica Mountains     X
Fossil fish beds in the Santa Monica Mountains     X
Inventory of wood deposits     X