A few years ago I posted a note on the Stanford Paleoparadoxia, a 10 million-year-old aquatic mammal found during the construction of SLAC National Laboratory. Time for an update: SLAC is undergoing some renovations and the old building housing the Visitors’ Center has been torn down (along with the cafeteria, more to the consternation of SLAC employees). A new building is under construction, but while the cafeteria will return in due time, the Stanford Paleoparadoxia will not. The fossil is now on a 20-year loan to the San Mateo County History Museum in Redwood City, California.
I visited the museum and found several interesting exhibits relating to the local history, but no fossil. At least, not yet. I inquired about the SLAC fossil and learned that, while the museum does have it, they don’t yet have concrete plans to display it. They need to find space for it and prepare the exhibit, which will mean first raising some funds. So, if there are any Paleo-Tourist readers in San Mateo County with deep pockets, here is an opportunity. Any updates on the fossil will posted on the museum website, http://historysmc.org/.