• Massive petrified redwood stumps

    Florissant Fossil Beds

    National Monument Colorado

Fossil Database (Unit 6) - Preserving the Past for the Future

Field collection is only one step in a paleontological study. Once scientists find a fossil, they must answer a variety of questions about it and record that information for future work. This information may include

  • Information about where the fossil was found, including geographic location, geological formation and unit, type of rock, and age of formation.
  • Taxonomic identification.
  • Who the collector was.
  • Paleoenvironmental information.

Many older collections do not have all of the information associated with them, which limits their use to science. Today, when fossils are cataloged into museum collections, scientists try to record as much information as possible, sometimes including the exact location in a stratigraphic section.

The Florissant Fossil Database provides a publicly available, searchable record of many of the most important Florissant fossils and some associated publications. The database is an important resource for researchers and students, as well as interested members of the general public.

Introduction to the Database

Did You Know?

Historic photograph of tourists in the late 1800's fossil hunting near a train

The area now known as Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument had become a popular tourist area by the 1870's.