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By Tony Ault
Staff Writer 

Western Science Center labs fossil preparation for study takes years of tedious work

 

Last updated 7/27/2018 at 11:55am

Tony Ault

Western Science Center Museum docent April Mejia carefully works to remove some of the matrix covering this part of the upper front leg bone (humerus) of an extinct mastodon found in a construction site in the Grizzly Ranch area of Temecula. Meija is a professor of cultural anthropology at MSJC and Cal Poly who volunteers her help at the Hemet WSC museum.

Leya Collins, weighing just over 100 pounds, is just as capable with a jackhammer, and maybe even more so, as a 250-pound well-built, suntanned construction worker.

With one hand, Collins can carefully chip open a hard casing that a construction worker wouldn't dare to tackle. She is glad to show her skill to dozens of children and students as they pass through her "construction" area.

Where would this be? It is the fossil preparation lab in the Western Science Center Museum in Hemet. Collins, an archeologist, is the paleo preparatory laboratory manager at the center in charge of preparin...



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