• Massive petrified redwood stumps

    Florissant Fossil Beds

    National Monument Colorado

Paleontology Facilities

Visitor Center
The paleontology facilities include a mudroom, collections, and an office and research space. If you would like to conduct research at the monument, either in the field or in the collections, please submit an application for a research permit by visiting the National Park Service Research Permit and Reporting System. For more information, please contact Dr. Herb Meyer (herb_meyer@nps.gov) or Conni O'Connor (conni_o'connor@nps.gov).
 
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Mudroom
This is the area where fossils are brought into the paleontology wing and where research experiments are conducted. Some of the resources available include a ventilation system and a flammables cabinet for chemicals as well as microscopes for research and preparation. This area also holds all of the field excavation and inventory monitoring equipment used by the monument.

 
Collections

Collections
More than 10,000 fossils are housed in the monument's secured collections room where they are organized stratigraphically. This room also houses extensive photography equipment for macro- or microphotography.. Some low resolution images of the fossils held in this collection can be found here. Researchers needing higher resolution images should contact Dr. Herb Meyer (herb_meyer@nps.gov).

 
Conni's area

Research and office space
Additional computers are available with access to the collections database, Adobe Design and Web Premium, ArcGIS, and Microsoft Office. This area serves as the museum technician's office, and during the summer it is also office space for all of the paleontology interns. When space is available it may also be used for visiting researchers.

Did You Know?

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Most fossils in the monument are from the late Eocene (34.07 million years ago), but a tooth and jaw fragment from a much younger mammoth have also been found. The fossils are from the Pleistocene Epoch and are at least 50,000 years old.