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National Park Paleontology Photos

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Julie Rozen, 2011, GIP
GIP Julie Rozen cleaning fossils with a Junior Ranger at Fossil Butte National Monument, Wyoming. (NPS Photo by Julie Rozen, GIP)
Fossil field work with GIP Nicolle Anderson
Cleaning a fossil in the field at Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado & Utah, is Paleontology GIP Nicolle Anderson. (NPS Photo by Nicolle Anderson, GIP)
Quarrying for fossils, Greg Bongey GIP
Quarrying for fossiliferous mudstone from the Straight Cliffs Formation (Cretaceous) at Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, (Greg Bongey, Paleontology GIP). (NPS Photo by Gregory Bongey, GIP)
Screenwashing for microvertebrate fossils, GIP
Bryce Canyon National Park GIP Greg Bongey screenwashing mudstone samples to extract microvertebrate fossils in Tropic, Utah. (NPS Photo by Gregory Bongey, GIP)
Looking for Eocene gastropods at Florissant Fossil Beds
Paleontology GIP Alison Dernbach looking for Eocene gastropods outside Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado. (NPS Photo by Alison Dernbach, GIP)
Learning to do a stratigraphy column
In the construction trench near the temporary visitor center, taking notes on how to do a stratigraphy column with Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado, GIPs Cassi Knight, Ashley Ferguson, Bret, Kelly Hattori, Brenda, and Lindsay Walker. (NPS Photo by Alison Dernbach, GIP)
Photographing quarry walls
Paleontology GIP Ashley Dineen photographing dinosaur bones on the Quarry Wall at Dinosaur National Monument, for a monitoring project. (NPS Photo by Ashley Dineen, GIP)
Creating a cast on a fossil
Applying plaster and gauze to fortify a mold of a vertebrate trackway is GIP Ashley Dineen (Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado & Utah). (NPS Photo by Ashley Dineen, GIP)
Cleaning fossiliferous sediment
Paleontology GIP, Jamie Fearon, cleaning fossiliferous sediment to excavate fossils at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado. (NPS Photo by Jamie Fearon, GIP)
Excavating fossils in Florissant Fossil Beds
Jamie Fearon, GIP, excavating fossils at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado. (NPS Photo by Jamie Fearon, GIP)
GIP Ashley Ferguson digging for fossils at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
GIP Ashley Ferguson digging for fossils at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado. (NPS Photo by Ashley Ferguson, GIP)
GIP searching for fossils in quarry
Megan Ferre (Paleontology GIP) searches for fossils at the Fossil Butte National Monument, Wyoming, research quarry. (NPS Photo by Megan Ferre, GIP)
Fossilized leaf at Florissant Fossil Beds
Paleontology GIP Kelly Hattori found a fossil leaf within a slab of mudstone - Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado. (NPS Photo by Kelly Hattori, GIP)
Excavating for fossils in shale unit
Paleontology GIP Kelly Hattori using a brush to expose a section of shale - at an excavation site in Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado. (NPS Photo by Kelly Hattori, GIP)
Screenwashing for microvertebrates
GIP Mindy Homan screenwashing for microvertebrate fossils (Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado & Utah). (NPS Photo by Mindy Homan, GIP)
Creating a mold of a trace fossil
Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado & Utah, Paleontology GIP Mindy Homan creating a mold of tracks from a rock brought back to the lab. (NPS Photo by Mindy Homan, GIP)
Documenting quarry walls and bone conditions
Paleontology GIP Mindy Homan documenting bone conditions with fellow GIP interns on the quarry wall cliff face at Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado & Utah. (NPS Photo by Mindy Homan, GIP)
Collecting molluscan fossils
Here Lindsay Walker (Paleontology GIP) is collecting fossilized mollusks at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado. (NPS Photo by Lindsay Walker, GIP)
Monitoring petrified wood
GIP's Lindsay Walker and Cassi Knight helped monitor petrified Sequoia (Redwood) stumps at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado. (NPS Photo by Lindsay Walker, GIP)
Fossil hunting in Town Creek Aqueduct
Paleontology GIP Katharine Loughney looking for fossils at Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, Washington D.C., Maryland, & West Virginia. (NPS Photo by Katharine Loughney, GIP)
Mammoth track
White Sands National Monument's (New Mexico) Paleontology GIP, Leiloni Begaye, measuring a mammoth track. (NPS Photo by Leiloni Begaye, GIP)
Identifying fossils
Levi Moxness (GIP) cleaning and identifying fossils in the field at Badlands National Park, South Dakota. (NPS Photo by Levi Moxness, GIP)
GIP creating a cast of a fossil
Nicolle Anderson (GIP) making a cast of a fossil in the field in Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado & Utah. (NPS Photo by Nicolle Anderson, GIP)
Fossil excavation
Paleontology GIP at Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado & Utah, Rachel Grandpre excavating for fossils in the field. (NPS Photo by Rachel Grandpre, GIP)
Fossil excavating
At Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, Stephanie Kyriazis (GIP) is excavating for fossils in the field. (NPS Photo by Stephanie Kyriazis, GIP)
Fossil quarry research
Anthony Menicucci, Paleontology GIP, lifting a slab of limestone in the research quarry at Fossil Butte National Monument, Wyoming. (NPS Photo by Andrew Menicucci, GIP)
Examining fossils of the Green River Formation
Paleontology GIP Anthony Menicucci examining fragments of limestone from the Green River Formation for fossils exposed on the surface in Fossil Butte National Monument, Wyoming. (NPS Photo by Andrew Menicucci, GIP)
Fossil quarry
GIP Anthony Menicucci (center) opening the scientific fossil quarry and looking for fossils at Fossil Butte National Monument, Wyoming. (NPS Photo by Andrew Menicucci, GIP)
Extracting Cretaceous fossil
Paleontology team extracting Cretaceous fossils wrapped in plaster to take back to museum, 2001 Big Bend National Park, Texas. (NPS Photo by Meghan Hicks, GIP)
Extracting Cretaceous fossil
Helicopter in Big Bend National Park, Texas, flying fossils to a museum, 2001. (NPS Photo by Meghan Hicks, GIP)
Collecting measurements
Collecting measurements of hadrosaur tracks at Denali National Park & Preserve, Alaska. (NPS Photo by Guy Adema)
Pygmy mammoth
Excavating and cleaning a pygmy mammoth from the Pleistocene that are miniature mammoths ranging in size from four to six feet tall. (NPS Photo)
Excavation pit at Big Bend National Park
Excavation pit at Big Bend National Park, Texas, taken by Paleontology GIP Meghan Hicks, 2001. (NPS Photo By Meghan Hicks, GIP)
Creating cast
Paleontology GIP (Jonathan Hall) assists in casting a fossil using plaster at Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona. (NPS Photo by Jonathan Hall, GIP)
Fossil hunting
GIP Tyra Olstad looking for fossils on Denali National Park & Preserve, Alaska. (NPS Photo by Tyra Olstad, GIP)
Field writing
GIP Lisa Merkhofer is recording a plant fossil site in Denali National Park & Preserve, Alaska. (NPS Photo by Lisa Merkhofer, GIP)
Photographing trackway
GIP Ashley Dineen has lined up markers in order to photograph and mold a vertebrate trackway, Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado & Utah. (NPS Photo by Ashley Dineen, GIP)
Searching for invertebrates
GIP Ashley Dineen is in the field searching for invertebrates at Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado & Utah. (NPS Photo by Ashley Dineen, GIP)
Fieldwork at Florissant
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado, GeoCorps Intern Cassi Knight pointing out a rare mammal fossil to Dr. Herb Meyer. (NPS Photo by Cassi Knight, GIP)
Excavating mammal fossil
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado, GeoCorps Intern Cassi Knight excavating small mammal in trench. (NPS Photo by Cassi Knight, GIP)
Monitoring construction
As Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado, new visitor center took shape, Lindsay Walker (GIP) periodically monitored construction spoils for disturbance of the monument’s paleontological resources. (NPS Photo by Lindsay Walker, GIP)
Collecting mollusks
Here Lindsay Walker (Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado, GIP) is collecting fossilized mollusks for Bret Buskirk, a current UW graduate student and GeoCorps alumna (2008). (NPS Photo by Lindsay Walker, GIP)
Surface collecting at Sheep Rock
Justin Williamson, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Oregon, GeoCorps Intern, out with the paleontology crew surface collecting at Sheep Rock. (NPS Photo by Justin Williamson, GIP)
Documenting fossils
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park, Washington D.C., Maryland, & West Virginia, GIP Katharine Loughney is documenting fossils. (NPS Photo by Katharine Loughney, GIP)
Taking GPS coordinates at a fossil trackway
Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, GIP, Caitlin Olejniczak, is taking GPS coordinates at a subaqueous Moenkopi trackway site. (NPS Photo by Caitlin Olejniczak, GIP)
Take field notes.
Taormina Lepore (GIP, Fossil Butte National Monument, Wyoming) us recording data in a logbook at the research quarry. (NPS Photo by Taormina Lepore, GIP)
Fossilized rhino tooth
GeoCorps Intern Win McLaughlin, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Oregon, showing off part of a rhino tooth after chiseling it out of a sandstone deposit near Pineville, Oregon. (NPS Photo by Win McLaughlin, GIP)
Ready for prospecting
GIP at John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Oregon, Win McLaughlin, ready to begin prospecting through sediment in order to look at the paleosols. (NPS Photo by Win McLaughlin, GIP)
Searching maps for old fossil localities
GIP, Win McLaughlin, trying to relocate old fossil localities from the 1950's, for John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Oregon. (NPS Photo by Win McLaughlin, GIP)
Merycoidodon skull being exposed in field.
In Badlands National Park, South Dakota, Guest Scientist Christine Gardner is attempting to expose some of the teeth to properly identify the Merycoidodon skull. (NPS Photo by Christine Gardner, GIP)
Fossil bird tracks in Denali
Denali National Park & Preserve, Alaska, Guest Scientist, Amy Atwater, is pointing to a number of newly discovered fossil bird tracks. (NPS Photo by Amy Atwater, GIP)
Hadrosaur track in Denali.
Guest Scientist Amy Atwater, Denali National Park & Preserve, Alaska, standing next to a giant hadrosaur track, which is in the lower right corner of the photo (toes pointing down). (NPS Photo by Amy Atwater, GIP)
Sauropod leg in Dinosaur National Monument
Garrison Loope (GIP) excavating an articulated sauropod leg at Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado & Utah. (NPS Photo by Garrison Loope)
 
Extracting microvertebrate fossils from sediment, GIP
Paleontology GIP Greg Bongey extracting microvertebrate fossils from screenwashed sediment from the Straight Cliffs Formation (Cretaceous), Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah. (NPS Photo by Gregory Bongey, GIP)
Petrified Forest GIP researching fossils
Bronson Barton researching fossils in the lab at Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona. (NPS Photo by Bronson Barton, GIP)
Organizing fossils collection
Working on organizing the fossil collection at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado, is Alison Dernbach (GIP). (NPS Photo by Alison Dernbach, GIP)
Cleaning fish specimen
Here Megan Ferre (Paleontology GIP) is cleaning an exploded fish fossil at the visitor’s center during a demonstration for visitors at Fossil Butte National Monument, Wyoming. (NPS Photo by Megan Ferre, GIP)
Editing photos of microfossils
In the lab Kelly Hattori (GIP) is editing a photo of a microfossil that was taken through the microscope in Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado. (NPS Photo by Kelly Hattori, GIP)
Creating a fossil cast using plaster
Paleontology GIP at Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado & Utah, Paleontology GIP Rachel Grandpre using plaster to make a cast. (NPS Photo by Rachel Grandpre, GIP)
Photographing fossils for website
GIP Julie Rozen helping to photograph fossils for park website at Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado & Utah. (NPS Photo by Julie Rozen, GIP)
Identifying fossils of Guadalupe Mountains
GIP Jennifer Trout separating and identifying fossils from an acidized sample at Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas. (NPS Photo by Jennifer Trout, GIP)
Cleaning fossil specimen
Paleontology GIP Cassi Knight using a small hand tool to remove rock matrix covering a fossil leaf specimen at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado. (NPS Photo by Cassi Knight, GIP)
Cleaning fossil specimen
Paleontology GIP Laura Clarke exposing fossil by removing thin layer of shale in fossil lab at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado. (NPS Photo by Laura Clarke, GIP)
Cataloging fossils
GIP Kaitlin Maguire cataloging John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Oregon, specimen in the lab. (NPS Photo by Kaitlin Maguire, GIP)
Photographing fossils
GeoCorps interns David Tarailo and Ashley Dineen photographing fossils in the Carnegie Quarry at Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado & Utah. (NPS Photo by David Tarailo, GIP)
Photographing fossils
Ashley Ferguson (GIP), Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado, photographing fossils for new interactive exhibits. (NPS Photo by Ashley Ferguson, GIP)
Identifying fossil
GIP Daniel Redding at Badlands National Park South Dakota is identifying a fossil in the lab. (NPS Photo by Daniel Redding, GIP)
Identifying fossils
Identifying fossils from rock samples in the lab, Adrian Maxwell (GIP) at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado. (NPS Photo by Adrian Maxwell, GIP)
Preparing fossil to be cataloged
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado, GeoCorps Intern, Laura Clarke, is preparing a fossil to be cataloged and put into park collections. (NPS Photo by Laura Clarke, GIP)
Adding fossils to catalog database.
Laura Clarke (GIP) is adding fossils to the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado, catalog database in the fossil lab. (NPS Photo by Laura Clarke, GIP)
Crocodilian teeth
Picture taken through the microscope of crocodilian teeth coming from John Henry Member (Cretacious) of Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah. (NPS Photo by Jonathan Munnikhuis, GIP)
Identifying fossils in lab
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado, paleontology GIP, Ariel Demarest, is identifying plant remains in the lab. (NPS Photo by Ariel Demarest, GIP)
Hyradocon skull being prepared in lab
Guest Scientist, Alaina Fike, is in the Paleo Prep lab at Badlands National Park, South Dakota, and shows a Hyracodon skull being prepped using hand tools. (NPS Photo by Alaina Fike, GIP)
Exploded fossilized gar
A fossilized exploded gar (fish) being prepared in the lab by GIP Taryn O'Connell (Fossil Butte National Monument, Wyoming). (NPS Photo by Taryn O'Connell)
Nicole Reynaud, GIP, 2006
Nicole Reynaud, Paleontology GIP for Fossil Butte National Monument, Wyoming, showing a Junior Ranger fossils in the field. (NPS Photo by Nicole Reynaud, GIP)
Lisa Schaaf, National Fossil Day, 2012
Lisa Schaaf, 2012 National Fossil Day Coordinator, talking with students at the National Mall Event. (NPS Photo by Vincent L. Santucci)
Lisa Schaaf, National Fossil Day, 2012
National Fossil Day 2012 visitors at the National Mall Event. (NPS Photo by Vincent L. Santucci)
Lisa Schaaf, National Fossil Day, 2012
National Fossil Day 2012 Coordinator GIP Lisa Schaaf (right) at the National Mall Event. (NPS Photo by Vincent L. Santucci)
Lisa Schaaf, National Fossil Day, 2012
National Fossil Day 2012 visitors at the National Mall Event. (NPS Photo by Vincent L. Santucci)
Jennifer Trout, GIP, 2011
Paleontology GIP, Jennifer Trout, teaching students how Permian Reef sponges retained water (Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas). (NPS Photo by Jennifer Trout, GIP)
Hadrosaur trackway in Denali
Lisa Markhofer (Paleontology GIP) pointing out a hadrosaur trackway to a class in Denali National Park & Preserve, Alaska. (NPS Photo by Lisa Merkhofer, GIP)
National Fossil Day Event
GIP Rebecca Port at a STEM outreach event. (NPS Photo by Rebecca Port, GIP)
National Fossil Day Event
GIP Rebecca Port at a STEM outreach event demonstrating how to reassemble bone fragments. (NPS Photo by Rebecca Port, GIP)
National Fossil Day Event
National Fossil Day address to the crowd by Dave Steensen, of NPS Geologic Resources Division, at the National Mall Event. (NPS Photo by Vincent L. Santucci)
National Fossil Day Event
Jason Kenworthy of the Geologic Resources Division of the National Park Service on National Fossil Day at Dinosaur Ridge, Colorado. (NPS Photo)
National Fossil Day Event
Jason Kenworthy of the Geologic Resources Division of the National Park Service on National Fossil Day at Dinosaur Ridge, Colorado. (NPS Photo)
National Fossil Day Event
Jason Kenworthy and Rebecca Port of the Geologic Resources Division of the National Parks Service at a STEM outreach event. (NPS Photo)
Showing visitors fossils
Daniel Redding, GIP, at Badlands National Park, South Dakota, is showing visitors a fossil he is cleaning. (NPS Photo by Daniel Redding, GIP)
Helping young visitor split open rock.
GeoCorps intern, Taormina Lepore, is helping a young visitor split open a rock at the Fossil Butte National Monument, Wyoming, research quarry. (NPS Photo by Taormina Lepore, GIP)
National Fossil Day Event
Badlands Rangers Julie Johndreau and Cindy Holub describe Cenozoic mammal fossils at the National Fossil Day National Mall event. (NPS Photo by Eva Lyon, GIP)
National Fossil Day Event
Junior Paleontologists sift for fossils at the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona & Utah, National Fossil Day celebration. (NPS Photo by Erica Clites, GIP)
Visitor information on fossils in park.
Kathryn Pauls Guest Scientist at Badlands National Park, South Dakota, explaining proper procedures to take when visitors encounter a fossil within the park boundaries. (NPS Photo by Kathryn Pauls, GIP)
Jennifer Trout, 2011, GIP
Jennifer Trout (Paleontology GIP) identifying fossil areas on the Permian Reef Trail for a monitoring guide for park staff at Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas. (NPS Photo by Jennifer Trout, GIP)
Jeff Dobbins, 2012, GIP
Taking photos of fossil tracks for a monitoring report at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, is Jeff Dobbins, Paleontology GIP. (NPS Photo by Jeff Dobbins, GIP)
Petrified wood at Prince William Forest Park
Paleontology GIP, Erich Junger's photograph of Cretaceous Taxodium distichm (Bald Cypress) petrified wood from Prince William Forest Park, Virginia. (NPS Photo by Erich Junger, GIP)
Exposing Jurassic fossil tracks
Paleontology GIP Joanna Panosky is exposing the tracks of a small Jurassic mammal-like reptile in the Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado & Utah, backcountry. (NPS Photo by Joanna Panosky, GIP)
Trace fossil in Capitol Reef
GIP Derek Raisanen at Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, taking GPS coordinates on a block containing Triassic reptile tracks. (NPS Photo by Derek Raisanen, GIP)
Stromatolites
Paleontology GIP, ReBecca Hunt, taking field notes on stromatolites at Glacier National Park, Montana. (NPS Photo by ReBecca Hunt, GIP)
Hadrosaur trace fossil
Paleontology GIPs at Denali National Park & Preserve, Alasaka, Mariah Richards and Nancy Parker, with a large hadrosaur footprint. (NPS Photo by Mariah Richards, GIP)
Coalified log in Denali
GIP Lisa Merkhofer with a coalified log in Denali National Park & Preserve, Alaska. (NPS Photo by Lisa Merkhofer, GIP)
Stromatolites on a trail
Stromatolites along a trail in Glacier National Park, Montana. (NPS Photo by Jeremy Wei, GIP)
Brontothere skull
Paleontology GIP, Levi Moxness, posing with a brontothere skull he cofound at Badlands National Park, South Dakota. (NPS Photo by Levi Moxness, GIP)
Hadrosaur track
Hadrosaur track in Denali National Park & Preserve, Alaska. (NPS Photo by Guy Adema)
Fern frond
Lower Cantwell Formation (65-80 mya) fern frond in Denali National Park & Preserve, Alaska. (NPS Photo by Guy Adema)
Theropod trackway
Lower Cantwell Formation (65-80 mya) theropod trackway in Denali National Park & Preserve, Alaska. (NPS Photo by Guy Adema)
Dinosaur skin impression
Dinosaur skin impression in Denali National Park & Preserve, Alaska. (NPS Photo by Guy Adema)
Bird track in Denali
Cretaceous Magnoavipes denaliensis bird track in Denali National Park & Preserve, Alaska. (NPS Photo by Guy Adema)
Tracks at White Sands, New Mexico
Tracks at White Sands National Monument, New Mexico. (NPS Photo, courtesy David Bustos)
Track at White Sands, New Mexico
Track at White Sands National Monument, New Mexico. (NPS Photo, courtesy David Bustos)
Mammoth Track
Park Ranger pointing out mammoth tracks at White Sands National Monument, New Mexico. (NPS Photo, courtesy David Bustos)
Mammoth tracks at White Sands
Mammoth tracks at White Sands National Monument, New Mexico. (NPS Photo, courtesy David Bustos)
Bone fragment in situ at Agate Fossil Beds
Bone fragment in situ at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, Nebraska. (NPS Photo by Tim Connors)
Bone fragment in situ at Agate Fossil Beds
Bone fragment in situ at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, Nebraska. (NPS Photo by Tim Connors)
Bone fragment in situ at Agate Fossil Beds
Bone fragment in situ at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, Nebraska. (NPS Photo by Tim Connors)
Fossilized track, White Sands National Monument
Fossilized track, White Sands National Monument, New Mexico. (NPS Photo)
Fossilized track, White Sands National Monument
Fossilized track, White Sands National Monument, New Mexico. (NPS Photo)
Petrified Forest National Park log pile
Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona, petrified wood log pile. (NPS photo by T. Scott Williams)
Petrified Forest National Park
Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona, petrified wood. (NPS photo by T. Scott Williams)
Trackway, Canyonlands National Park
Trackway in Permian Red Cedar Mesa sandstone, in Canyonlands National Park, Utah. (NPS Photo)
Trackway, Canyonlands National Park
Trackway in Permian Red Cedar Mesa sandstone, in Canyonlands National Park, Utah. (NPS Photo)
Camel Trackway
Camel trackway at Death Valley National Park, California & Nevada. (NPS Photo)
Cat tracks
Death Valley National Park, California & Nevada, cat tracks in the Copper Canyon Formation. (NPS Photo)
Ornithopod trackway
Ornithopod-like trackway at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona & Utah. (NPS Photo)
Bivalve
Lower Cantwell Formation bivalve at Denali National Park & Preserve, Alaska. (NPS Photo by Guy Adema)
Petrified trees
Eocene petrified trees from Specimen Ridge in Yellowstone National Park, Idaho, Montana, & Wyoming. (NPS Photo by William W Dunmire)
Ripple marks
GIP Tyra Olstad with ripple marks at Denali National Park & Preserve, Alaska. (NPS Photo by Tyra Olstad, GIP)
Fossilized burrows
Fossilized burrows found in Death Canyon Shelf in 400Ma limestone at Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. (NPS Photo by Erica Stephens, GIP)
Fossil trackway
Paleontology GIP, Nadine Reitman, standing next to a trackway in Denali National Park & Preserve, Alaska. (NPS Photo by Nadine Reitman, GIP)
Trace fossils
Trace fossils, including worm burrows and trilobite feeding traces (Cruziana) in a block of Bright Angel Shale, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. (NPS Photo by Cassi Knight, Paleontology Guest Scientist)
Fossil trackways
Large block of Coconino Sand Stone bearing multiple fossil trackways (Chelichnus), Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Measuring tape for scale is 10 ft. (NPS Photo by Cassi Knight, Paleontology Guest Scientist)
Chelichnus trackways
Chelichnus trackways, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. (NPS Photo by Cassi Knight, Paleontology Guest Scientist)
Chelichnus trackways
Chelichnus trackways, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. (NPS Photo by Cassi Knight, Paleontology Guest Scientist)
Chelichnus trackways
Chelichnus trackways, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. (NPS Photo by Cassi Knight, Paleontology Guest Scientist)
Chelichnus trackways
Chelichnus trackways, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. (NPS Photo by Cassi Knight, Paleontology Guest Scientist)
Chelichnus trackways
Chelichnus trackways, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. (NPS Photo by Cassi Knight, Paleontology Guest Scientist)
Chelichnus trackways
Chelichnus trackways, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. (NPS Photo by Cassi Knight, Paleontology Guest Scientist)
Trace fossils
Trace fossils, including worm burrows and trilobite feeding traces (Cruziana) in a block of Bright Angel Shale, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. (NPS Photo by Cassi Knight, Paleontology Guest Scientist)
Stromatolites
Fossil stromatolites in a block of Bass Limestone, in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. (NPS Photo by Cassi Knight, Paleontology Guest Scientist)
Stromatolites
Fossil stromatolites in a block of Bass Limestone, in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. (NPS Photo by Cassi Knight, Paleontology Guest Scientist)
Fossil trilobite feeding traces (Cruziana)
Fossil trilobite feeding traces (Cruziana) in the Bright Angel Shale, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. (NPS Photo by Cassi Knight, Paleontology Guest Scientist)
Fossil trilobite feeding traces (Cruziana)
Fossil trilobite feeding traces (Cruziana) in the Bright Angel Shale, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. (NPS Photo by Cassi Knight, Paleontology Guest Scientist)
Close up of the trilobite feeding traces (Cruziana)
Close up of the trilobite feeding traces (Cruziana) with camera case for scale (~20 cm), Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. (NPS Photo by Cassi Knight, Paleontology Guest Scientist)
Fossil worm burrows
Fossil worm burrows in the Bright Angel Shale, in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. (NPS Photo by Cassi Knight, Paleontology Guest Scientist)
Petrified Redwood clone
The ‘Trio’, is the world’s only known petrified Redwood (Sequoia) clone, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado. (NPS Photo by Cassi Knight, GIP)

The ‘Big Stump’, which measures 38 feet in diameter. This is not actually the largest stump in the Monument, which reaches 41 feet in diameter. Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado. (NPS Photo by Cassi Knight, GIP)
Toed track
Three-toed (tridactyl) track in Death Valley National Park, California & Nevada. (NPS Photo)
Pygmy mammoth
Pygmy mammoth, or "dwarf mammoth" excavation in Channel Islands National Park, California. (NPS Photo)
Fossilized fish
Fossilized fish in Fossil Butte National Monument, Wyoming. (NPS Photo by Tim Connors)
Ordovician nautiloid
Fossilized Ordovician nautiloid from Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas. (NPS Photo by Tim Connors)
Ordovician nautiloid
Close up of a fossilized Ordovician nautiloid from Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas. (NPS Photo by Tim Connors)
Crinoids
Crinods in limestone beds at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, Missouri. (NPS Photo by Tim Connors)
Petrified log
Petrified wood log at Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona. (NPS Photo by Tim Connors)
Hadrosaur track in Denali
A Hadrosaur track found in Denali National Park & Preserve, Alaska, by Guest Scientist Montana Hodges. (NPS Photo by Montana Hodges, GIP)
Fossilized spong at Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park.
Fossilized sponge found inside a building stone in Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, Washington D.C., Maryland, & West Virginia. (NPS Photo by Ivan Carabajal, GIP)
Petrified wood
Petrified wood log at Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona. (Photo courtesy of Heather Walborn)
Petrified wood
Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona, Late Triassic petrified wood. (Photo courtesy of Heather Walborn)
Petrified wood
Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona, Late Triassic petrified wood. (Photo courtesy of Heather Walborn)
Permian fossil
Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas, fossil on the Permian Reef Trail. (Photo courtesy of Heather Walborn)
Joanna Panosky, GIP Researcher, 2011
Paleontology GIP Joanna Panosky laying next to a femur bone of a Jurassic dinosaur, at Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado & Utah. (NPS Photo by Joanna Panosky, GIP)
GeoCorps interns at Dinosaur National Monument
GeoCorps Interns Ashley Dineen, Mindy Homan, and David Tarailo in front of a nearly complete and uncrushed Allosaurus skull, Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado & Utah. (NPS Photo by Ashley Dineen,GIP)
GeoCorps intern at Fossil Butte National Monument
Paleontology GIP, Megan Ferre, pointing out a fossilized fish tail in the visitor’s center at Fossil Butte National Monument, Wyoming. (NPS Photo by Megan Ferre, GIP)
Allosaurus skull and GIP Keegan Melstrom
Keegan Melstrom, Paleontology GIP, with an Allosaurus skull at Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado & Utah. (NPS Photo by Keegan Melstrom, GIP)
Fossilized Shark Teeth
Cliffhouse Formation shark teeth at Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico. (NPS photo by Tom Lyttle)
Gastropod fossil
Cliffhouse Formation Volutomorpha gastropod steinkern at Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico. (NPS photo by Tom Lyttle)
Fossil skull of Equus simplicidens
Pliocene aged fossil skull of Equus simplicidens ("Hagerman Horse") from Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument, Idaho. (NPS Photo courtesy Phil Gensler)
Ammonite fossil
Marine invertebrate fossil Baculites (ammonite) from Badlands National Park, South Dakota. (NPS Photo courtesy of Rachel Benton)
Dinosaur femur
Ann Elder at Dinosaur National Monument, Colorad & Utah, standing with a juvenile dinosaur femur. (NPS Photo)
Daemonhelix burrow
Display around Daemonhelix burrow at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, Nebraska. (NPS Photo by Tim Connors)
Brontothere skull
Brontothere skull on display at Death Valley National Park, California & Nevada. (NPS Photo by Vincent L. Santucci)
Fossilized leaf
Unidentified leaf from the Fossil Lake deposits in Fossil Butte National Monument, Wyoming. (NPS Photo)
Fossilized leaf
Unidentified leaf from the Fossil Lake deposits in Fossil Butte National Monument, Wyoming. (NPS Photo)
Unidentified extinct baenid turtle
Unidentified extinct baenid turtle from the Green River Formation in Fossil Butte National Monument, Wyoming. (NPS Photo)
Crossopholis magnicaudatus fossil fish
The predatory fish, Crossopholis magnicaudatus, from the Green River Formation at Fossil Butte National Monument, Wyoming. (NPS Photo)
Park fossil collection
Ariel Demarest (GIP, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado) is showing the collection of the parks fossils. (NPS Photo by Ariel Demarest, GIP)
Plesiosaur display
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument's plesiosaur specimen on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. in the "Ancient Seas" exhibit. (NPS Photo by Jason Kenworthy)
New brachiopod Sapilnikoviella santuccii
New brachiopod Sapilnikoviella santuccii from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska. (NPS Photo by Vincent L. Santucci)
Syringoporid corals from Bighorn Cave
Syringoporid corals from Bighorn Cave in Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Montana & Wyoming. (NPS Photo by Vincent Santucci)
Fossilization exhibit at Fossil Butte National Monument
Exhibit at Fossil Butte National Monument, Wyoming, about fossilization that Guest Scientist Taryn O'Connell assisted with. (NPS Photo by Taryn O'Connell)
Grizzly bear skull replicas at Oregon Caves National Monument
Oregon Cave skull replica from the oldest grizzly bear bones found in North America (50,000 years old), Oregon Caves National Monument, Oregon. (NPS Photo by Laura Gerbi, GIP)
Fossil Fern exhibit, 1937
Kaibab Trail fossil fern exhibit September 1937 (Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona). (NPS Photo)
Fossil Fern quarry, 1937
Civilian Conservation Corps excavating fossils circa 1937 at fossl fern quarry on Kaibab Trail (Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona). (NPS Photo)
Fossil Fern quarry, 1937
Civilian Conservation Corps circa 1937 at fossl fern quarry on Kaibab Trail (Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona). (NPS Photo)
Gastropod and pelecypods, 1930
Fossilized gastropod and pelecypods from brackish water in the Kaibab Formation, 1930 (Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona). (NPS Photo)
Dr. David White, 1939
Paleontologist Dr. David White examining fossils of Hackati Shale, 1939 (Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona). (NPS Photo by George A. Grant)
Fossilized worm trails, 1932
Fossilized worm trails in Bright Angel Shale on Tonto Plateau, 1932 (Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona). (NPS Photo by George A. Grant)
Richard Holder examining a daemonelix
Richard Holder examining a Daemonhelix in Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, Nebraska, 1966. (NPS photo by William S. ("Bill") Keller)
   
Statue atop of fossilized limestone
Statue of young George Washington Carver sits ontop of Bulington-Keokuk Limestone with fossils of crinoids, brachipods, and corals at George Washington Carver National Monument, Missouri. (NPS Photo by Tim Connors)
Petrified wood
Petrified wood (Araucarioxylon arizonicum) in the Arizona stone, Washington Monument, Washington, D.C.. (NPS Photo by Vincent L. Santucci)
Coral entwined in tree roots
Large block of coral entwined in the roots of a tree from Ulysses S Grant National Historic Site, Missouri. (NPS Photo by Pam Sanfilippo)
Petrified wood projectile point
Petrified wood projectile point, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona. (NPS Photo by T. Scott Williams)
Petrified wood projectile point
Petrified wood projectile point, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona. (NPS Photo by T. Scott Williams)
Martin Lister's 1687 figure
Martin Lister's 1687 figure of Chesapecten jeffersonius, the first figured and described fossil from North America, likely collected near Colonial National Historical Park, Virginia. (Reproduced in Ward and Blackwelder, 1975 fig.1)
Coiled mollusk
Coiled molluscan shell in building stone at Bright Angel Lodge, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. (NPS Photo by Vince L. Santucci)
Fossilized shark teeth
Fossilized shark teeth at George Washington Birthplace National Monument, Virginia, that were possibly used forscraping meat from bivalves by American Indians. (NPS Photo Vincent L. Santucci)
Petrified wood  at Disneyland
Petrified wood from what is now Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado, on display at Disneyland's Frontierland (Anaheim, CA). (NPS Photo Vincent L. Santucci)
Crinoids in Capitol Reflecting Pool
Capitol Reflecting Pool, Washington, D.C. close up showing fossil detail & crinoid columnals. (NPS Photo by Jason Kenworthy)
Fossiliferous limestone
Fossiliferous Mississippian Salem Limestone blocks at the Capitol Reflecting Pool, Washington, D.C.. (NPS Photo by Jason Kenworthy)
Agate house constructed of petrified wood
Agate House, constructed of petrified wood (primarily Araucarioxylan arizonicum), Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona. (NPS Photo)

 

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Last Updated: September 09, 2013