Fossils found in the I.E. uncover the past

The Inland Empire has a very interesting ancient past. Take a walk through the open desert and you can find anything from arrow-heads, ancient burial sites from early-man and native Indians, even fossils of woolly-mammoths and saber-tooth tigers. No need to drive all the way to the La Brea Tar Pits, there are as many or more ancient finds in the I.E. than downtown Los Angeles!
Clouds of dust swirled across the Victor Valley as gusting winds lifted bare earth from a construction site graded recently for hundreds of new homes. Bulldozers plowed acres of sage and creosote bushes, the last remnants of a once-luxuriant region of marshes, lakes and sweeping savannas that thrived during the Pleistocene epoch, 1.8 million to 10,000 years ago.
Mammoths - giant elephants nearly one-third larger than present-day pachyderms -- roamed the region along with prehistoric camels, horses, sabertooth cats, dire wolves and ground sloths. These creatures vanished from North America about 11,000 years ago due to a combination of circumstances, including climatic changes and possibly human hunting. But evidence of their existence remains.

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