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Pliocene (2 million years ago)

Laguna Hills was an open coast two million years ago. The beach was littered with shells and sea weed. Fish, sharks, and marine mammals swam offshore. The sky was full of sea birds.

Orange County's familiar landscape and the Laguna Hills were beginning to emerge from the sea. The future Santa Ana Mountain range was slowly rising.

 

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Sand Dollars
Murex
Ghost Shrimp
   
Bat Rays
Rock Fish
Brown Pelican
   
Gray Whale
Fur Seals
Sea Lions

 

  • Brachiopods
  • Echinoderms
    • Sand Dollars
    • Sea Urchins
  • Pliocene Mollusks
    • Pismo Clams
    • Scallops
    • Oysters
    • Mussels
    • Murex
    • Slipper Shells
    • Olive Snails
    • Cooper's Turritella
    • Moon Snail
  • Common Arthropods
    • Ghost Shrimp
    • Crabs
    • Barnacles
  • Sharks
    • Bat Rays
    • Sharks
  • Fish
    • California Sheephead
    • Sculpin
    • Smelt
    • Rockfish
    • Garibaldi (California State Fish)
  • Birds
    • Brown Pelican
    • Cormornt
    • Gulls
    • Flightless Mancalla
    • Chendytes Duck
  • Marine Vertebrates
    • Baleen Whales (California State Marine Mammal is the Gray Whale)
    • Toothed Whales (including dolphins, porpoises, and killer whales)
    • Fur Seals
    • Sea Lions
    • Chula Vista Walrus

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