Prehistory

Dinosaurs at National Museum of Natural History

See Article from Smithsonian describing the new exhibit.

Highlights:

  • The new hall, The David H. Koch Hall of Fossils—Deep Time,  was created from a $35 million gift from David H. Koch.
  • The new hall brings back the nation’s T. rex, now the centerpiece of a new 31,000-square-foot fossil hall.
  • The exhibition is a journey through more than 3.7 billion years of life on Earth.
  • Fossils are positioned in “dramatic, new and more scientifically accurate poses”.

Florissant Fossil Beds NM

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Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is a national monument located in Colorado. Famous for the abundant and exceptionally preserved insect and plant fossils that are found in the mudstones and shales of the Florissant Formation, the formation is Eocene (approximately 34 million years old) in age and has been interpreted as a lake environment. Fossils are preserved because of the interaction of the volcanic ash from the nearby Thirtynine Mile volcanic field with diatoms in the lake.

Fossil Butte NM

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Fossil Butte National Monument is located near Kemmerer, Wyoming.  It containes Eocene Epoch (56 to 34 million years ago) animal and plant fossils associated with Fossil Lake—the smallest lake of the three great lakes which were then present in what are now Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado. Preserved fossils include fish, alligators, bats, turtles, dog-sized horses, insects, and many other species of plants and animals.  Sediments accumulated over about a 2 million-year period.

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