paleontologist Frank Garcia was the recipient of the 2008 Ruskin History
Preservation Award shown here with the trophy next to the Ruskin History
Center. The history display timeline begins with a tribute to Frank's
discovery of early ice age fossils in Ruskin which he has on display at
the Camp Bayou Outdoor Center.
He is expanding his display
to include an educational center and a permanent standalone
display at the SouthShore Regional Library.
Garcia learned recently that
one of his discoveries was a species never before documented. The small
manatee-like creature has been named Nanosiren garciae, which means
"little mermaid" and honors Garcia. The fossils are displayed at the
Smithsonian Institution and the Florida Museum of Natural History in