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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

Triassic tadpole shrimp Triops cancriformis. Photo by Pamela Gore.December's Mesozoic Monthly article features fossils from a splitting supercontinent. Learn more about the fossils found in Triassic and Jurassic rift basins along the East Coast.
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Meet the largest predatory dinosaur ever to roam the Earth in "Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous" at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C. In the exhibit, journey to the remote edges of the Sahara to discover the mysterious origins of this bizarre, larger than T. rex dinosaur.
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Art & Photo Contest Winners

National Fossil Day SketchThe 5th annual National Fossil Day Art & Photography Contest results are in... Congratulations to the winners and thanks to everyone who participated! Parents, teachers, and budding artist remember to check back this Spring to get the details on next year's NFD art contest.
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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 fossils.
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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?
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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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BARACK OBAMA

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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 14th, 2015

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: October 31, 2014