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Shell Ridge Recreation Area

July 08, 2012 by Bay Nature Staff

Surprisingly close to Walnut Creek, this expansive park on the slopes of Mount Diablo offers 31 miles of trails for ...

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Dinosaur Plants

April 01, 2009 by Sue Rosenthal

While living dinosaurs are nowhere to be found in California these days, you can see recognizable descendants of plants that lived with them--right here in the modern Bay Area.

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Standing the Tests of Time

January 01, 2007 by Gary Brand

Walk patiently along a few ocean beaches in the Bay Area, and you just might find objects of stunning beauty that also provide clues to a lost world, fossil sand dollars that are as much as 2 million years old. These fossils, not shells but skeletons called tests, show up only near Daly City and Point Reyes, so it's a privilege to find intact specimens that have survived the rigors of the coast for many centuries.

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Where the Elk and the Antelope Played

January 01, 2004 by David Rains Wallace

A million years ago, in a climate much like ours today, the land around an ancestral bay teemed with large animals: mammoths and saber-tooth cats; bears, horses, and peccaries. By 300 years ago, the mammoths were gone, but grizzlies, elk, condor, and pronghorn were abundant.European settlers wiped out many of those animals, but programs to reintroduce some of them are now under way. Which raises the question: What should a healthy, native megafauna look like now?

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