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2016 NFD Artwork Unveiled!

NFD 2016 artworkThe 2016 National Fossil Day artwork features three iconic Pleistocene ("ice age") animals from the United States—saber-toothed cat, long-horned bison, and a condor flying above. This year we will feature National Fossil Day partners highlighting Pleistocene life and landscapes.
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Meet February's Pleistocene Partner!

Paleontologist at Tule Springs Fossil Beds NM applies sealant to a fossil boneThe February Pleistocene Life and Landscapes partner is Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument in Nevada. A vision of the last Ice Age remains in what is now a desert badlands. The fossiliferous sediments reach back 250,000 years ago. Scientists from many disciplines have made important discoveries there for more than 100 years and continue today!
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Be a Pleistocene Partner!

Your logo here!The 2016 artwork features a "Pleisto-scene." Each month, we will feature an NFD partner with Pleistocene fossils.

Does your fossil site, museum, or organization preserve, display, or interpret Pleistocene life and landscapes?
If so, contact us to be featured here!
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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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IT'S HERE! Dinosaur's 100th Anniversary Logo Unveiled

Dinosaur's 100th Anniversary logoDinosaur National Monument is debuting their special National Fossil Day logo in time for the monument's 100th anniversary. Check out the artwork and the story of this significant monument.
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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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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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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

Cycadeoid reconstructionHave you ever visited Fossil Cycad National Monument?
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October 12th, 2016

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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Corporate Sponsors

NFD and the National Park Foundation are working with sponsors in the business community to Keep NFD going strong. Learn more...

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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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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: January 20, 2016