• Scenic View from Inspiration Point, Anacapa Island ©timhaufphotography.com

    Channel Islands

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Paleo Animals

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The most notable animal fossils, and the best studied aspect of island paleontology, are the pygmy mammoth (Mammuthus exilis). Remains of this species have been known on the Channel Islands since 1856 when they were discovered by a coast and geodetic survey. In 1994 a nearly complete adult skeleton was discovered and excavated on Santa Rosa.

Please visit the The Pygmy Mammoth under the History & Culture section for more information.

Did You Know?

Brown pelican on nest

The Channel Islands are home to the largest breeding colonies of seabirds in southern California.