10 Places You May Catch Paleontologists Digging Up Fossils

And even if you don't, you'll gaze on fossilized dinosaurs, rhinos and other reptiles in their natural context—instead of in a museum set piece
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10. Dinosaur Center

Wyoming Dinosaur Center: Thermopolis, Wyoming ; (800) 455-3466 Since excavation began in the early 1990s, about 60 dinosaur fossil sites have been identified. Weather permitting, excavation continues at four to six sites at any given time.....[ More ]

9. Petrified Forest

Petrified Forest National Park: near Holbrook, Ariz. ; (928) 524-6228 This stretch of petrified forest, which runs along Interstate 40 in Arizona, was first discovered in the 1850s during a military expedition.....[ More ]

8. Mygatt-Moore

Mygatt-Moore Quarry: near Fruita, Colo. ; (970) 858-7282 This quarry was first discovered in 1981, when the Mygatt and Moore families were taking a hike and, resting on a break, realized they were sitting on a dinosaur bone.....[ More ]

7. Mammoth Site

The Mammoth Site: Hot Springs, S.D. ; (605) 745-6017 Since 1974 nearly 60 mammoths--most of them Columbian mammoths--have been identified in this site, along with 47 other species of animals.....[ More ]

6. Florissant Fossil Beds

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument: Florissant, Colo.: ; (719) 748-3253 Nearly 35 million years ago, this region 35 miles (55 kilometers) west of Colorado Springs, was buried in 15 to 20 feet (4.5 to six meters) of volcanic mud, petrifying the redwood trees growing there.....[ More ]

5. Dinosaur State Park

Dinosaur State Park: Rocky Hill, Conn. ; (860) 529-8423 This lattice work of dinosaur tracks was discovered in the mid 1960s by serendipity. A worker operating a bulldozer, digging the basement for a new state building, flipped over a slab of gray sandstone and saw unusual-looking three-toed tracks beneath.....[ More ]

4. Dinosaur National Monument

Dinosaur National Monument: near Jensen, Utah /; (435) 781-7700 Photo: Attached at SciAmPhotosDinosaurNational
Photo Credit: National Park Service The most dramatic presentation of fossils at Dinosaur National Monument was closed to public view in mid 2006, after shifting earth damaged the visitor center.....[ More ]

3. Dinosaur Quarry

Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry: near Price, Utah ; (435) 636-3600 Portions of 79 dinosaurs have been identified at this ancient bone bed, located 150 miles (240 kilometers) southeast of Salt Lake City.....[ More ]

2. Berlin-Ichthyosaur

Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park: near Austin, Nev. ; (775) 964-2440 This remote site, 160 miles (255 kilometers) southeast of Reno, is believed to have been part of a coastline during the late Triassic period.....[ More ]

1. Ashfall Fossil Beds

Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park: near Royal, Neb. ; (402) 893-2000 Roughly 260 skeletons, representing 17 species, have been identified at this northeastern Nebraska site, first discovered in the early 1970s.....[ More ]

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