View Southeastward To The Coso Range, California

A Google Earth street car perspective (snapped in January, 2009) that I edited and processed through photoshop. View is southeastward. Here is the famed packed sand wash that leads to the fossil bone-bearing beds in the northern Coso Range (on the skyline). The upper Miocene to upper Pliocene Coso Formation exposed in badlands fashion within the Coso Range Wilderness produces several species of 4.8 to 3.0 million year-old mineralized mammal bones, including--meadow mice, rabbits, haenoid dogs, very large grazing horses--one of which was eventually recognized by paleontologists as the world-famous Hagerman Horse (one of the oldest members of the genus Equus, which includes all modern horses and other equids)--peccaries, slender camelids, a short-jawed mastodon, a vole (famous Cosomys primus, named in honor of its occurrence in the Coso Mountains, a large-headed llama, and a bear.

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