Analyzing the fossils
of Mt. Diablos (cont.)

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Miocene camel jawAelurodon dentaryFossil laurel leaf
Mt. Diablo fossils, Miocene Green Valley Formation: At left, jaw from an early camel; center, dentary of a wolf-sized predator, Aelurodon taxoides, 12–9 million years old; right, a leaf of Umbellularia, California laurel. (photos by Audrey Aronowsky)

Considering that she gathered firsthand experience with poison oak, had a run in with a wild pig, and collected scratches and bruises daily, when asked if she would do it all again, Sarah responded: “If my dissertation were done—yes. It was a lot of fun and I learned a lot.” Gaining an increased knowledge of the geology of California, putting it into context, figuring out how to approach the research, and learning the necessary GIS software to produce the maps were key elements of the project for Sarah, and she had an excellent support team. Sarah extends her thanks to undergraduate student, Alex Porto, for all of his assistance in the museum collections, to numerous friends for keeping her company on some of her adventures, and to Wai Pang Chan (Scientific Visualization Center) for the GIS tutorials and help

  Fossil shells in the Briones Formation
Fossils in place in the marine deposits of the Briones Formation, Miocene. (photo by Sarah Rieboldt)

with the map production. And UCMP thanks Sarah for a job well done.

August, 2003

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