Demonstration Fossil Lab
NPS Photo by Sheena Grabski
Help a Ranger release a fossil imprisoned for 34 million years!
Free them so they can enrich our story of Ancient Florissant.
Take "Paleontology 101" and learn how our Paleontology department excavates the shale beds and how they split the shale to find wonderful fossils. Try to identify a new discovery and learn how we prepare each fossil to become part of our collection.
Did You Know?
Both adults and aquatic nymphs (juveniles) of damselflies and dragonflies have been found at Florissant fossil beds. You can tell the insect pictured is a damselfly because the wings are held above the body instead of held out horizontally like the wings of an airplane, as in dragonflies. This image is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. To learn More...