Richard Hilton gave an interesting, entertaining lecture to a full house in the Bernhard Museum Winery on the dinosaurs that once roamed what is now the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. His presentation, laced with colorful paintings of dinosaurs and great photographs of fossils, covered every aspect of life in the area during the Mesozoic Era from the plants dinosaurs ate to life in the sea, on land, and in the air. He even debunked, to dismay of some, the myth of the “Clipper Gap Monster” whose fossil remains were purportedly whisked away to an unknown university. If you missed the lecture, all the information (including images) can be found in his book Dinosaurs and Other Mesozoic Reptiles of California. You can pick up a used copy at Amazon.com for under $5.