National Fossil Day - October 16, 2013
National Fossil Day is a celebration organized to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational value. This year National Fossil Day will be held Wednesday October 16th, 2013.
Fossils discovered on the nation's public lands preserve ancient life from all major eras of Earth's history, and from every major group of animals and plants. The fossils found at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument are an excellent 'snapshot in time' of the late Eocene time period: a glimpse into a Colorado very different from the Colorado we know today. Over 1,700 different species have been found, totaling over 40,000 specimens. They provide an excellent study in the changes that Colorado have experienced, and provide clues to the changes occurring today.
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In addition to the leaves and insects found in the Florissant fossil beds, there are also wonderfully preserved flowers such as this Florissantia specimen. The flower was named after the town of Florissant, Colorado. This image is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. To learn More...