Alton Dooley

Alton Dooley

B.A., Geology, Carleton College Ph.D., Geology, Louisiana State University

Executive Director of the Western Science Center

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Published on Mar 27, 2019

So, here's what we did...

We discovered a new species of mastodon!If you've followed our lab notes over the last several years, you've seen that as we accumulated more and more data from our project, California mastodons st...

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Published on Mar 22, 2019

Remember me?

It has been more than a year since my last post, but it has been a year well spent. Our research project has finally come to fruition, a manuscript has been submitted and accepted, and will be offi...

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Published on Nov 26, 2017

Almost there...

It’s been several months since I posted an update, and quite a lot has happened in that time. In August the Western Science Center hosted the Valley of the Mastodons Symposium and Exhibit. A group ...

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Published on Jul 13, 2017

Two more museums

Over the last two weeks, in addition to preparations for the upcoming Valley of the Mastodons exhibit and workshop, I also found the time to visit two more museum collections. First was the Santa B...

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Published on Jun 28, 2017

More specimens, and a new exhibit

I apologize for the lack of updates. But I promise it's not due to lack of activity, but rather because of an excess. So we have lots of new things to report!First, back in March I made a brief tri...

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Published on Mar 20, 2017

Filling in the Pacific Northwest

After obtaining measurements a few weeks ago from Alaska and Yukon mastodon teeth, it became clear that it would be necessary to examine additional specimens from the Pacific coast states. All of t...

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Published on Feb 22, 2017

WAVP meeting, and some new teeth

Last Saturday I attended the annual Western Association of Vertebrate Paleontology meeting in Prescott, AZ, where I presented an update on the Mastodons of Unusual Size project. The...

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Published on Dec 20, 2016

A mystery tooth

During our Mastodons of Unusual Size road trip, we examined a large amount of material that couldn't be included in our dataset. In most cases this was because the teeth were too da...

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Published on Nov 11, 2016

SVP roundup

After returning from the SVP meeting I was tied up working on the museum's 2017 budget, but now I have a chance to give a brief report.At SVP poster sessions, the posters are groupe...

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Reply to:Cindy WuCindy Wu
I included an exclamation point! Thanks so much for you support. The outcome really was a huge surprise to us, but that's one of the joys of science; you never know what you might find.
Thanks some much, and Im really glad you enjoyed your visit to WSC!
Reply to:Cindy WuCindy Wu
Thanks! I should have another up next week, after we get feedback at the SVP meeting.