Dinosaur is well known for its Dinosaur fossils. It is also a place where the science of paleontology, has developed. Paleontology is the study of prehistoric life, including organisms' evolution and interactions with each other and their environments. Dinosaur National Monument was originally established to protect paleontological resources and the monument provides many opportunities to learn about this science. However, the famous Carnegie Quarry is just one of many places where dinosaurs and other fossils are found in the park.
Paleontologists have not only found fossils in the Jurassic Morrison Formation, but they have also discovered fossils and abundant evidence for other life forms in the early Jurassic Glen Canyon Formation. Click here to see what kinds of cool critters lived in this ancient desert environment!
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Even today Dinosaur National Monument is an area of ongoing paleontological field work and discovery. Paleontologists continue to find completely new animals. You can learn about one new dinosaur recently discovered in the park here.
Our Carnegie Connection
The Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania features many dinosaurs on display that were excavated from the Dinosaur National Monument area or have been found here. Click here to find out what is takes to mount such large skeletons.
Work in Progress
Paleontology research continues at Dinosaur National Monument. We continue to make new discoveries and learn new things about life in the past. Monument staff will continue to expand this section of the website to share the great diversity of paleontological subjects found in the monument. Check back often!
Did You Know?
Dinosaur National Monument's geology is a feast for the mind and the eye. The rock layers, which have been tilted by folding, expose a variety of colors and textures.