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    Tom Deméré
    619.255.0232
    fax: 619.255.0312
    paleo@sdnhm.org






Linda Vista and other local formations cross section
San Diego Natural History Museum South Face

PaleoServices provides complete paleontological resource services. These services include: resource assessment of property (residential, commercial and public) relevant to permit compliance requirements under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA); full mitigation programs (monitoring, salvage, fossil preparation, and technical report production) designed to reduce adverse environmental impacts; and professional fossil curation and storage.

Collectively, PaleoServices staff has over 200 years experience in paleontological resource mitigation. In the more than 24 years that we have been providing professional paleontological services, we have never caused any extended delays on grading projects and have never experienced any notable injuries of field personnel.

Clients of PaleoServices include residential developers, municipal development agencies, and excavation contractors from San Diego, Orange, Riverside and Imperial counties. We have also provided paleontological consulting services to Caltrans on many roadway projects.

Thousands of significant fossils have been salvaged from these projects by our dedicated team. These fossils are now permanently housed at the San Diego Natural History Museum, where many are, or have been, on public exhibit. Without professional preservation and storage, these fossils would be unavailable for study and display.

It is this focus on the educational and scientific value of fossils and their permanent conservation that separates PaleoServices from other providers of paleontological resource service.

With a rich history serving southern California, a knowledgeable and dedicated staff of experts, and an extensive client base, PaleoServices is the right choice for your resource assessments, construction mitigation, and fossil curation and storage needs.

Our Valuable Paleontological Resources

Paleontological resources (i.e., fossils) include the remains and/or traces of prehistoric organisms and are the primary source of evidence about the biological history of our planet. Fossils are typically buried in layered sedimentary rocks and can only be collected and studied when those rocks are exposed at the Earth's surface in either natural or man-made exposures.

The conditions responsible for creating artificial exposures of sedimentary strata can also be responsible for the destruction of paleontological resources. Citizens of our state and nation have determined that because paleontological resources are an important part of our natural heritage, their destruction should be mitigated.

Typical paleo mitigation programs include on-site monitoring of active excavations, discovery and recovery of exposed fossils, transportation of recovered specimens to a professional preparation/conservation laboratory, laboratory-based preparation and curation of recovered fossils, and permanent storage of curated fossils in regional repositories/museums where they are available for present and future generations of citizens, students, and professional scientists.

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