Introduction (Unit 1) - About Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument was established in 1969 to preserve the 34-million-year-old fossils of the Florissant Formation and provide the public with a unique glimpse into the past. The Monument is located south of Florissant, Colorado, which is 35 miles west of Colorado Springs on US Highway 24.
The Monument is home to a diverse array of wildlife and plants, some of which are distant relatives of the organisms preserved in the Florissant lake shales.
1. Watch the movie below
2. Click at link on bottom to learn more about the Eocene.
(NOTE: This video may take a few minutes to download and play. It will repeat once it reaches the end of the video.)
Did You Know?
Most fossils in the monument are from the late Eocene (34.07 million years ago), but a tooth and jaw fragment from a much younger mammoth have also been found. The fossils are from the Pleistocene Epoch and are at least 50,000 years old.