Greetings from “Big Ditch”! That is what the name of my home town means in Spanish! I live on California’s Central Coast in beautiful San Luis Obispo County. I enjoy movies (more so, it seems, than a lot of people i run into), love natural history, am the proud owner of 5 6 tattoos, and am a nut for ancient warriors.

I love paleontology, the study of fossils and ancient life, and have ever since i laid eyes on that stuffed woolly mammoth in British Columbia. While dinosaurs hold my interest, it is prehistoric mammals whom i love most. The title of my blog is misleading: I’m am not officially a paleontologist. I am currently clawing my way through community college in the hopes of transferring to a real college to get my degree. But i have spent loads of time going to museums, have spent 55 hours prepping a mammoth skeleton, and have even found a fossil or two.

Me hanging with a life-sized Indrichotherium at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco

While i will post on fossils, archaeology, Central Coast life, and occasionally movies, i created this blog to chronicle my pursuit of a rather ambitious dream of mine. But you can read all about that on the “Grand Vision” page. I will do profiles of the beasties who once lived here, but don’t expect anything too in depth (there are people who can do that much better than I). I will also talk about local geology, things here on the Central Coast (the little things that have their own charm), fossils localities, and sometimes just go on a mindless rant.

So with that said, I hope you enjoy my little corner of the infinite interwebs!

email: coolislandsong24@yahoo.com

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17 thoughts on “About

  1. Woohoo! Another person who prefers the prehistoric mammalia. I found your excellent photos on Flickr, which led me here. I look forward to reading updates on cool old stuff. 🙂

  2. Hey accpaleo. Just wrote a note on your post about the Buena Vista Museum. For some reason I never looked at the title of your blog. Then I noticed it in the list of saved “favorites” on my computer. A Cental Coast Paleontologist. Me too – as a fellow ametuer. I live in Santa Margarita not far from SLO. I too am interested in prehistoric mammals. Mostly I dream about what life would have been like in prehistoric times. Beautiful, full of adventure, and peaceful. I’ve been focusing on the Barstovian. I’ve also done a lot of hiking here. In my hiking career I’ve found some fossils. Not a lot but a few. Most of them are marine.

    Anyway drop me a line if you want and I can tell you a few places I found fossils here if you don’t already know them.

    • many thanks for the compliments! I will certainly keep you in mind.

      “A Cental Coast Paleontologist. Me too – as a fellow ametuer. I live in Santa Margarita not far from SLO”

      The museum i hope to start someday is meant for guys like us!

    • i do have those, but no need to apologize- the thought is always appreciated. Unfortunately, my learning disability has rendered me unable to distinguish between all the colors.

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  4. Hi there. Great blog! Love your passion.
    I too am an enthusiast, but not nearly as educated as you. My name is Kari Jagodzinski. I live in South Dakota.

    I found you while doing a search on gompetheriums. Dear friends of mine (he is a geologist by trade) have a partial skeleton in their collection. They purchased it so they could have much needed preservation work done on it.
    They are at the age where they would like to find a new home for it where it will be properly preserved, preferably in display so more people can enjoy it.
    If you have ANY suggestions as to who/what collector/museum may be interested, would you please contact me. I have lots of info, photos, professional references for the fossil (you know Mr Larson who found Sue the T-Rex? He has done the restoration work)
    The current owners wish to work through me for security purposes (they are elderly and partially disabled).

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