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Meet a Paleontologist

Dr. Scott SampsonAre you an aspiring paleontologist? If so, maybe you'd like to meet some of the people who study and preserve fossils for a living. We have a growing collection of interviews with paleontologists on our National Fossil Day Kid's Page where you can see a variety of work these scientists do.
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2014 Mesozoic Monthly Partner

Deinosuchus jawsApril's Mesozoic Monthly Partner is
Big Bend National Park in Texas! Learn more about the park's spectacular diversity of Mesozoic fossils. Many of the fossils are—like this dinosaur-eating Deinosuchus—"Texas-sized!"
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Welcome! Collaborative Summer Library Program

meet a paleontologistNFD and CSLP libraries are joining forces to promote summer reading programs. This partnership will help kids dig into books and learn more about earth science and fossil. CSLP partners, please visit our CSLP welcome page.
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NFD Kid's Page

Junior Ranger CDThe National Fossil Day Kid's page is designed especially for kids. It is the place to find games, activities, books, and other fun ways to learn about paleontology.
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Q: Why did the T. rex need a bandage?

2014 Artwork Unveiled!

NFD 2014 LogoThe 2014 artwork features an aetosaur among Late Triassic plants. Each month, we will feature an NFD partner with Mesozoic Era ecosystems.

Does your fossil site, museum, or organization preserve, display, or interpret Mesozoic ecosystems? If so, contact us to be featured here!

Art Contest Winners!

National Fossil Day Art Contest The Annual National Fossil Day Art & Photography Contest results for 2013 are in... Congratulations to the winners and thanks to everyone who participated! Parents, teachers and budding artist, remember to check back next Spring to get the details on next year's NFD art contest.
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National Fossil Day Feature Articles

Climate Change in the Fossil Record

thumbnail of dioramaFossils are evidence of past climates. They also provide clues for how living things respond to climate change—important lessons for our warming planet.
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NFD Established in 2010

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A Fossil Preservation Law

Rangers holding fossil palm leafTitle VI of Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (Pub.L. 111-11) established the Paleontological Resources Preservation Act of 2009 (PRPA) to better manage and protect paleontological resources on Federal lands using scientific principles and expertise.
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The Story of the Missing Fossil Park

FOCY logoHave you ever visited Fossil Cycad National Monument?
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October 15th, 2014

MISSION: National Fossil Day is a celebration organized by the National Park Service to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational values.
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Earth Science Week

National Fossil Day is a part of AGI's Earth Science Week.
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Paleontology Portal

A gateway to North American paleontology resources.
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NFD Co-hosts

The National Park Service and the American Geoscience Institute are the founding partners and hosts of NFD.
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Useful Resources

For a list of interesting links, be sure to check out this site's Park Highlights page.

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Last updated: April 1, 2014