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2016 NFD Artwork Unveiled!

NFD 2016 artworkThe 2016 National Fossil Day artwork features three iconic Pleistocene ("ice age") animals from the United States—saber-toothed cat, long-horned bison, and a condor flying above. This year we will feature National Fossil Day partners highlighting Pleistocene life and landscapes.
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Meet The Pleistocene Partner!

Photo of saber tooth cat skull from Port Kennedy Bone CaveThe September Pleistocene Life and Landscapes partner is Valley Forge National Historical Park in Pennsylvania. When the Continental Army spent the winter of 1777–1778 at Valley Forge, they had no way of knowing they were practically on top of one of the richest fossil sites in eastern North America—Port Kennedy Bone Cave.
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2016 Art & Photo Contest!

NFD art contestThe National Fossil Day partners are sponsoring an art and photography contest to celebrate the seventh annual National Fossil Day. In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, the 2016 theme is, "Your favorite fossil from a National Park"
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Meet a Paleontologist

Dr. Scott SampsonAre you an aspiring paleontologist? If so, maybe you'd like to meet some of the people who study and preserve fossils for a living. We have a growing collection of interviews with paleontologists on our National Fossil Day Kid's Page where you can see a variety of work these scientists do.
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PaleoBlitz! Chickasaw National Recreation Area

Dinosaur's 100th Anniversary logoCitizen scientists, come and join park staff and paleontologists for a fun 2-day event to discover and document the park's amazing fossils. Chickasaw's PaleoBlitz on May 20-21 is a part of the NPS Centennial BioBlitz celebration taking place at park units across the country.
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NFD Kid's Page

Junior Ranger CDThe National Fossil Day Kid's page is designed especially for kids. It is the place to find games, activities, books, and other fun ways to learn about paleontology.
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National Fossil Day Feature Articles

Climate Change in the Fossil Record

thumbnail of dioramaFossils are evidence of past climates. They also provide clues for how living things respond to climate change—important lessons for our warming planet.
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A Fossil Preservation Law

Rangers holding fossil palm leafTitle VI of Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (Pub.L. 111-11) established the Paleontological Resources Preservation Act of 2009 (PRPA) to better manage and protect paleontological resources on Federal lands using scientific principles and expertise.
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The Story of the Missing Fossil Park

Cycadeoid reconstructionHave you ever visited Fossil Cycad National Monument?
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October 12th, 2016

MISSION: National Fossil Day is a celebration organized by the National Park Service to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational values.
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Corporate Sponsors

NFD and the National Park Foundation are working with sponsors in the business community to Keep NFD going strong. Learn more...

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Earth Science Week

National Fossil Day is a part of AGI's Earth Science Week.
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Paleontology Portal

A gateway to North American paleontology resources.
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Useful Resources

For a list of interesting links, be sure to check out this site's Park Highlights page.

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Last updated: June 1, 2016