Scientific studies have been conducted at Florissant since the 1870s. Maintaining an active research program is a primary part of the monument's mission. The park paleontologist oversees the paleontology program. The program conducts scientific research, inventories and monitors fossil sites, publishes information and provides education to the public, produces books about the monument's paleontology and history, provides scientific oversight for new exhibits, and oversees research done by other institutions.
Current and recent research about Florissant includes:
1) Preservation of petrified stumps
To learn more about the paleontology research program at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument click on the links below.
Did You Know?
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.