Humans have been fascinated by the Florissant valley for thousands of years. The first people to discover the fossils were the native peoples of the area. Homesteaders and settlers came to the valley in the late 1800s as well as scientists. For many decades the valley was the location for several commercial quarry and tourist operations. In the summer of 1969 a legal battled ensued, involving citizens and scientists, which resulted in the creation of the Monument.
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Weevils are a type of beetle, and they are among the smallest complete fossils found in the Florissant fossil beds. The fossil pictured here is less than 3 millimeters long, which is a little larger than the head of a pin but smaller than a pencil eraser. This image is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. To learn More...