• Massive petrified redwood stumps

    Florissant Fossil Beds

    National Monument Colorado

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.

Instructions:

1. Watch the movie below

2. Click at link on bottom to learn more about the Eocene.

 
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument Map
 
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument Video
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(NOTE: This video may take a few minutes to download and play. It will repeat once it reaches the end of the video.)

Eocene Florissant

Did You Know?

FLFO_Mole

Fossil mammals are rare from the Florissant fossil beds, but a mountain mole was recently discovered, making it the oldest record in North America.