Near Mitchell in Wheeler County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
A Matter of Survival
Here, about 30 million years ago, major shifts in temperature and humidity occurred. Great changes in the plant life inevitably resulted. The animals that survived this transition were those that evolved new behaviors, different bodies, new abilities to survive. Still, long-term survival was not assured, as the fossil record reveals.
Fossils from the John Day country imply more than an odd-shaped mammal or exotic plant. Here they portray a healthy forest ecosystem long gone, and suggest reasons for its disappearance. Gathering such information may help us predict the future of modern species.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 44° 38.992′ N, 120° 16′ W. Marker is near Mitchell, Oregon, in Wheeler County. Marker can be reached from Bear Creek Road 1.2 miles west of Bridge Creek - Burnt Ranch Road. Touch for map. Marker is
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Deciphering the Forest (here, next to this marker); Pieces of the Puzzle (here, next to this marker); Painted Hills Overlook (here, next to this marker); Who was John Day? (here, next to this marker); Fossils on the Frontier (approx. 0.8 miles away); Look Below the Surface (approx. 0.8 miles away).
Also see . . . Painted Hills. From the Mitchell, Oregon website. (Submitted on February 12, 2014.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 12, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 368 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 12, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.