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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 The Pleistocene Partner!

Photo of fossils from Natural Trap Cave. Photo by David A BurnhamThe October Pleistocene Life and Landscapes feature highlights Natural Trap Cave in Wyoming. The cave is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Its opening was a death trap during the Ice Age. Now Natural Trap Cave is renowned internationally and has produced the largest known collection of cave megafauna and microfauna vertebrate fossils in the United States.
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National Fossil Day Questionnaire

National Fossil Day Sketch Are you part of a group or organization that participated in National Fossil Day 2016? If so, we would love to hear from you. Help us ensure the future success of National Fossil Day by taking a moment to complete our after event questionnaire.New

Art & Photo Contest Winners

National Fossil Day SketchThe 7th 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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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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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: October 11, 2016