Preserving Our Rich Fossil Heritage

The National Park Service manages today's spectacular American landscapes and shares the stories about the people and places that contribute to our heritage.

The National Park Service also manages fossilized evidence of ancient landscapes and the animals and plants that inhabited the country millennia ago. These fossils are irreplaceable pieces of America's geologic heritage and tell the stories of America long before the United States existed.

Fossils are found in the rocks, museum collections, and cultural contexts (such as petrified wood projectile points) of more than 260 National Park Service areas. Stories from those rocks and fossils tell of ancient life and landscapes that span every period of geologic time from stromatolites one billion years old at Glacier National Park to Ice Age fossils in various Alaskan parks.