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By Tony Ault
Staff Writer 

'Name the Whale' at Western Science Center


Last updated 7/11/2018 at 4:38am

Tony Ault

Paleontologist Dr. Alton Dooley, left, and Western Science Center curator and educator Andrew T. McDonald look over the fossil of a prehistoric baleen whale at the center's dig site. The large whale fossil, millions of years old, still in its protection casing is now on display for the public at the Hemet museum.

Dr. Alton Dooley and his fellow paleontologists have a "whale of a tale" to tell at the Western Science Center Museum in Hemet and need the public's help.

The huge fossilized baleen whale was estimated at 50 million years old and now has a new home at the Western Science Center's dig site behind the museum at 2345 Searl Parkway in Hemet.

Alton Dooley, Ph.D., is the executive director of the Western Science Center and got his start in the science by studying prehistoric whales, but he couldn't keep his excitement inside when some very large fossil pieces arrived at the museum in June. The...

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