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2015 NFD Artwork Unveiled!

NFD 2015 artworkThe 2015 National Fossil Day artwork features an enigmatic prehistoric mammal known as a chalicothere depicted in a Miocene prairie grassland. This year we will feature National Fossil Day partners highlighting Cenozoic Era life and landscapes.
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2015 Monthly Feature

Alligator olseni skullNovember's Cenozoic life and landscapes feature article highlights fossils from the Thomas Farm Site in Florida. Thomas Farm is the richest Early Miocene vertebrate fossil locality in North America and perhaps the world! It is an opportunity to experience Florida like few others. A time when three-toed horses (one species just the size of a small dog), large predators such as the bear dog, rhinoceros, and even camels roamed the landscape.
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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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Art & Photo Contest Winners!

National Fossil Day Art Contest The 6th 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 next Spring to get the details on next year's NFD art contest.
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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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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: November 4, 2015