Paleontology

three-toed dinosaur track

NPS photo/Jenny McGuire

Ancient Life of Zion

Life on earth 270 million years ago was drastically, surprisingly, and wonderfully different from the life on our planet today, and Zion National Park's fossil resources give us a glimpse at creatures that once wandered the earth. The park's fossils and survey data represent a diverse array of ancient environments, including shallow marine, coastal, desert sand dunes, rivers, and lakes. Ranging from 270 million to 1,600 years old, fossil plants, animals, and tracks are available to scientists, educators, and park managers as a window to past life.
 
To discover more about specific Zion fossils, click on the links below.
In 2012, a new plant fossil was discovered within the Moenave Formation in Zion. Learn more about this exciting fossil find!



Return to the Rock Layers page or the main Geology page.

 
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Geology and Paleontology pages created with David Tarailo and Scott Ireland, interns with the NPS Geoscientists-in-the-Parks program, run in partnership with The Geological Society of America's GeoCorps America Program.

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Mailing Address:

Zion National Park
1 Zion Park Blvd.
State Route 9

Springdale, UT 84767

Phone:

(435) 772-3256
Staffed daily from 9 am - 4 pm. Recorded information is available 24 hours a day. If you are unable to reach someone by phone, please email us at zion_park_information@nps.gov.

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