Did you know more than 275 national parks across the country have fossils in them? Test your knowledge and learn more about fossils and paleontology in national parks with this quiz. Try to answer each multiple choice question and then check to see if you guessed correctly using the dropdown menus.
Dr. Adam Marsh works at Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona and is a park ranger who studies fossils. What type of scientist is Dr. Marsh?
Learn more about fossils at Petrified Forest National Park.
Look closely at the photo above and try to identify in which national park this photo was taken based on the clues.
Learn more about Ice-Age mammals found fossilized at Waco Mammoth National Monument.
Big Bend National Park in Texas preserves some interesting fossil reptiles, many of which are not dinosaurs. Which one of these ancient reptiles found in the park is actually a dinosaur?
d. Tyrannosaurus rex
Check out the Fossil Discovery Exhibit at Big Bend National Park in Texas.
National Fossil Day is a celebration of all things related to fossils. During which month of the year is National Fossil Day?
National Fossil Day is on the second Wednesday of October every year. Find ways that you can get involved with National Fossil Day.
Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas preserves an ancient reef system that existed before the dinosaurs. The rocks preserve many marine (ocean) fossils, most of which are invertebrate (animals without backbones). Which group of animals listed below would you NOT expect to find in the ancient reef rocks at the park?
There are hundreds of caves within Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. Some of these caves preserve the remains of animals that lived in the canyon during the ice ages. Which animal has not been found fossilized in the caves of Grand Canyon National Park?
a. vampire bat
c. ground sloth
Dr. Herb Meyer works at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument in Colorado and is an expert in fossilized plants. What type of scientist is Dr. Meyer?
Dinosaur footprints have been discovered at Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska. What types of information are scientists able to learn by studying fossil footprints of dinosaurs? (more than one correct answer)
a. what color skin the dinosaur had
b. the size of the dinosaur
c. how fast the dinosaur could walk or run
d. if the dinosaur walked on two or four legs
c. how fast the dinosaur could run or walk
d. if the dinosaur had two or four legs
Learn more about fossils at Denali National Park and Preserve.
Sometimes fossils can be found in the stones used in the construction of buildings and monuments. At Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania, there is a stone bridge that has some fossil footprints of an ancient animal. What type of animal do you think made the footprints preserved in the bridge at Gettysburg?
a. saber-tooth cat
National parks are great places to see and learn about fossils. The Junior Paleontologist Program is a fun way to learn about fossils and how to protect them. Which action is NOT a good way to protect fossils in a national park?
a. take a photograph of the fossil
b. pick up the fossil
c. draw a pciture of the fossil
d. tell a ranger about the fossil
Learn how you can become a Junior Paleontologist and help protect fossils in parks!
Fossils & Paleontology
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