For the more information about the geologic resources of the National Park Service, please visit http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/.


Paleontology Publications

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Paleontology Intern, Christine Gardner, is removing excess matrix around a fossilized tortoise at Badlands National Park, South Dakota. (NPS Photo)

The body of published scientific literature related to NPS paleontological resources is voluminous and rapidly growing. Access to and availability of this scientific information is essential to support the management, protection, interpretation, research and other activities related to non-renewable paleontological resources on NPS lands. This webpage is designed to be an initial gateway to and repository for NPS paleontological resource literature.

This site serves as a portal to some of the fundamental and primary paleontological resource documents for the NPS including: Federal Fossil Conference Proceedings Volumes, NPS Paleontological Research Volumes, NPS Paleontological Resource Inventory and Monitoring publications, Park Paleontology Newsletter archives, and other miscellaneous paleontological resource publications.


  • Research Volumes
  • Articles
  • Park Surveys
  • Thematic Inventories
  • Network Surveys
  • Newsletters
  • Historic Documents
  • Press and Media

Federal Fossil Conference Proceedings

The Federal Fossil Conference Proceedings are posted on this site for downloading and printing.


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Proceedings of the 9th Conference on Fossil Resources, Kemmerer, Wyoming. 2011. [12.8 MB PDF]


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Proceedings on the 8th Conference on Fossil Resources, St. George, Utah. 2009. [14.4 MB PDF]


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Proceedings of the 7th Conference of Fossil Resources, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 2006. [7.89 MB PDF]


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Proceedings of the 6th Conference on Fossil Resources, Grand Junction, Colorado. 2001. [3.5 MB PDF]


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DAKOTERRA—Proceedings of the 5th Conference on Fossil Resources, Rapid City, South Dakota. 1998. [23 MB PDF]


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Proceedings of the 4th Conference on Fossil Resources, Colorado Springs, Colorado. 1994. [19 MB PDF]


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Proceedings of the 3rd Conference on Fossil Resources, Kemmerer, Wyoming. 1992. [5.58 MB PDF]


Note: There were no proceedings volumes for the 1st and 2nd Conferences on Fossil Resources at Dinosaur National Park and Petrified Forest National Park.



NPS Paleontological Research Volumes

Beginning in the early 1990's a series of National Park Service Paleontological Research Volumes were published as a means to capture and consolidate scientific information involving a diverse range of paleontological research projects being undertaken throughout the National Park System. The initial research volume consisted of 76 abstracts representing research in 26 NPS areas. This volume was originally distributed at the Third Federal Fossil Conference hosted by Fossil Butte National Monument, Wyoming, in 1992. Subsequent NPS Paleontological Research Volumes published in 1995, 1998 and 1999 include original articles related to paleontological research in parks. All of the NPS Paleontological Research Volumes are posted on this site for downloading and printing.


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NPS Paleontological Research Vol. 4 (1999). [3.1 MB PDF]

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NPS Paleontological Research Vol. 3 (1998). [1.97 MB PDF]

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NPS Paleontological Research Vol. 2 (1995). [15.8 MB PDF]

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NPS Paleontological Research Vol. 1 (1992). [209 KB PDF]

Articles

  • An Inventory of Paleontological Resources from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska. R.B. Blodgett, V.L. Santucci, L. Sharman. Proceedings of the GWS Conference on Parks, Protected Areas, and Cultural Sites. 2011. [568 KB PDF]
  • Interpreting a Billion-Year Record of Life Preserved Throughout the National Park System. V.L. Santucci. Legacy. 2011. [261 KB PDF]
  • An Overview of National Park Service Paleontological Resources from the Parks and Monuments in Utah. V.L. Santucci and J.I. Kirkland. in D.A. Sprinkel, T.C. Chidsey Jr., and P.B. Anderson (eds.), Geology of Utah's Parks and Monuments, Utah Geological Association Publication 28 (third edition). 2010. [5.07 MB PDF]
  • An Overview of the Paleontology of Upper Triassic and Lower Jurassic Rocks in Zion National Park, Utah. D.D. DeBlieux, J.I. Kirkland, J.A. Smith, J. McGuire, and V.L. Santucci. in J.D. Harris, S.G. Lucas, J.A. Spielman, M.G. Lockley, A.R.C. Milner, and J.I. Kirkland (eds.), The Triassic-Jurassic Terrestrial Transition. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin, 37. 2006.
    [5.7 MB PDF]
  • Fossils, Objects of Antiquity and the Antiquities Act. V.L. Santucci. Ranger, Vol. 22, No. 3. 2006. [3.07 MB PDF]
  • Historical Perspectives on Biodiversity and Geodiversity. V.L. Santucci. Geodiversity and Geoconservation. 2005. [213 KB PDF]
  • An Inventory of Paleontological Resources Associated with Caves in Grand Canyon National Park. J.P. Kenworthy, V.L. Santucci, and K.L. Cole. in C. van Riper III, and K.L. Cole (eds.), The Colorado Plateau: Cultural, Biological, and Physical Research. 2004. [1.63 MB PDF]
  • Dinosaur Tracks from the Cedar Mountain Formation (Lower Cretaceous), Arches National Park, Utah. M.G. Lockley, D. White, J. Kirkland, and V.L. Santucci. Ichnos, Vol. 11. 2004. [2.3 MB PDF]
  • Definition of a fossil. V.L. Santucci. Ranger. 2002. [2.8 MB PDF]
  • Crossing Park Boundaries in the study of ancient ecosystems. A.R. Fiorillo and V.L. Santucci. from D. Harmon (ed.), Crossing Boundaries in Park Management: Proceedings of the 11th Conference on Research and Resource Management in Parks and on Public Lands. 2001. [312 KB PDF]
  • Oil and Gas Management Planning and the Protection of Paleontological Resources: A Model Application at Lake Meredith and Alibates Flint Quarries. V.L. Santucci, A.P. Hunt, and L. Norby. Park Science, Vol. 21, No. 1. 2001. [1.8 MB PDF]
  • A Paleontological Approach to Managing Paleontological Resources. V.L. Santucci. Ranger. 1999. [73 KB PDF]
  • Battling Vandalism: Geologic resource protection training increases park vigilance. V.L. Santucci. Natural Resource Year in Review. 1999. [229 KB PDF]
  • Early Discoveries of Dinosaurs From North America and the Significance of the Springfield Armory Dinosaur Site. V.L. Santucci. 1998. [79 KB PDF]
  • Paleontological Resources Management. V.L. Santucci. Geologic Resources Division Annual Report. 1998. [421 KB PDF]
  • Plant Fossils Discovered in Badlands National Park. J. Shuler and V.L. Santucci. Park Science, Vol. 6, No. 3. 1986. [594 KB PDF]

Comprehensive Park-specific Surveys

Comprehensive park inventories are designed to identify all known paleontological resources within a single park unit and involve the assembly of a team of specialists from within the NPS and from educational institutions and cooperators. These specialists work together with the park to identify and address all aspects of the paleontological resources within the targeted park, including resource management, museum curation, law enforcement, and interpretation. The goals and objectives of a park-specific paleontological resource inventory are detailed by Santucci (2000). An important component of many comprehensive paleontological inventories is to provide paleontology-specific training for park staff.
  • Arches National Park Paleontological Survey. NPS/NRGRD/GRDTR-05/01. B.A. Swanson, V.L. Santucci, S.K. Madsen, A.S. Elder, and J.P. Kenworthy. National Park Service. 2005. [6.9 MB PDF]
  • Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Paleontological Survey. NPS/NRGRD/GRDTR-04/01. A.L. Koch, V.L. Santucci, and T.R. Weasma. National Park Service. 2004. [1.5 MB PDF]
  • Death Valley National Park Paleontological Survey. NPS/NRGRD/GRDTR-99/01. T.G. Nyborg and V.L. Santucci. National Park Service. 1999. [16.1 MB PDF]
  • A Preliminary Assessment of Paleontological Resources at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Montana and Wyoming. V.L. Santucci, D. Hays, J. Staebler, and M. Milstein. National Park Service. 1999. [198 KB PDF]
  • The Yellowstone Paleontological Survey. YCR-NR-98-1. V.L. Santucci. National Park Service. 1998. [1.2 MB PDF]
  • An Inventory of Paleontological Resources from Walnut Canyon National Monument, Arizona. V.L. Santucci and V.L. Santucci, Jr. 1998. [135 KB PDF]
  • The Glen Canyon Paleontological Survey (Newcomb and Gillette in progress)
  • The Grand Teton Paleontological Survey (in progress)
  • The Big Bend Paleontological Survey
  • The Joshua Tree Paleontological Survey
  • The Zion Paleontological Survey

Servicewide Thematic Inventories

Servicewide thematic paleontological resource surveys are designed to compile data regarding specific types of paleontological resources which occur in parks throughout the NPS.

Taxonomic Inventories

  • A Preliminary Inventory of Fossil Fish From National Park Service Units. R. K. Hunt, V.L. Santucci, and J.P. Kenworthy. 2006. [365 KB PDF]
  • Inventory of Fossil Birds from National Park Service (in progress)
  • Inventory of Fossil Bison from National Park Service (in progress)
  • National Park Service Fossil Holotypes (in progress)
  • National Park Service Paleobotanical Resources (in progress)

Trace Fossil Inventories

  • An Inventory of Cenozoic Fossil Vertebrate Tracks and Burrows in National Park Service Areas. V.L. Santucci, J.S. Tweet, D. Bustos, T. Nyborg, and A.P. Hunt. 2014. [12.4MB PDF]
  • Vertebrate Coprolites and Other Bromalites in National Park Service Areas. A.P. Hunt, V.L. Santucci, J.S. Tweet, and S.G. Lucas. 2012. [4.5MB PDF]
  • An Inventory of Packrat (Neotoma spp.) Middens in National Park Service Areas. J. S. Tweet, V.L. Santucci, and A.P. Hunt. 2012.
    [1.3 MB PDF]

Special Environment Inventories

  • A Preliminary Inventory of National Park Service Paleontological Resources in Cultural Resource Contexts, Part 1: General Overview. J.P. Kenworthy and V.L. Santucci. 2006. [4.97 MB PDF]
  • An Inventory of Paleontological Resources Associated with National Park Service Caves. NPS/NRGRD/GRDTR-01/02. V.L. Santucci, J.P. Kenworthy, and R. Kerbo. National Park Service. 2001 [1.2 MB PDF]
  • Fossils from National Park Service Coasts and Shorelines (in progress)

I&M Network Based Surveys

The NPS Inventory and Monitoring Program (I&M) is responsible for establishing baseline natural resource inventories for select units of the National Park System, and paleontological resource data and information is an important component of the program. As of January 2012, after a ten year effort, Paleontological Resource Inventory Summary Reports have been completed for all 32 I&M networks.

Completed Network Summaries

  • Appalachian Highlands Network Paleontological Resource Summary Report, 2008
  • Arctic Network Paleontological Resource Summary Report, 2009
  • Central Alaska Network Paleontological Resource Summary Report, 2011
  • Chihuahuan Desert Network Paleontological Resource Summary Report, 2007
  • Cumberland Piedmont Network Paleontological Resource Summary Report, 2009
  • Eastern Rivers and Mountains Network Paleontological Resource Summary Report, 2004
  • Great Lakes Network Paleontological Resource Summary Report, 2009
  • Greater Yellowstone Network Paleontological Resource Summary Report, 2003
  • Gulf Coast Network Paleontological Resource Summary Report, 2007
  • Heartland Network Paleontological Resource Summary Report, 2009
  • Klamath Network Paleontological Resource Summary Report, 2009
  • Mediterranean Coast Network Paleontological Resource Summary Report, 2003
  • Mid-Atlantic Network Paleontological Resource Summary Report, 2006
  • Mojave Desert Network Paleontological Resource Summary Report, 2004
  • National Capital Region Paleontologica Resource Summary Report, 2004
  • North Coast and Cascades Network Paleontological Resource Summary Report, 2009
  • Northeast Coastal and Barrier Network Paleontological Resource Summary Report, 2003
  • Northeast Temperate Network Paleontological Resource Summary Report, 2010
  • Northern Colorado Plateau Network Paleontological Resource Summary Report, 2002
  • Northern Great Plains Network Paleontological Resource Summary Report, 2011
  • Pacific Islands Network Paleontological Resource Summary Report, 2007
  • Rocky Mountain Network Paleontological Resource Summary Report, 2004
  • San Francisco Bay Area Network Paleontological Resource Summary Report, 2008
  • Sierra Nevada Network Paleontological Resource Summary Report, 2007
  • Sonoran Desert Network Paleontological Resource Summary Report, 2009
  • South Florida/Caribbean Network Paleontological Resource Summary Report, 2010
  • Southeast Alaska Network Paleontological Resource Summary Report, 2010
  • Southeast Alaska Network Paleontological Resource Summary Report, 2009
  • Southeast Coast Network Paleontological Resource Summary Report, 2009
  • Southern Colorado Plateau Network Paleontological Resource Summary Report, 2009
  • Southern Plains Network Paleontological Resource Summary Report, 2003
  • Southwest Alaska Network Paleontological Resource Summary Report, 2003
  • Upper Columbia Basin Network Paleontological Resource Summary Report, 2005

Newsletters

The newsletter, Park Paleontology, served to communicate information related to National Park fossil interpretation, protection, resource management, new discoveries, and issues related to the world of paleontology and paleontological resources management. The Park Paleontology is currently suspended.

Press and Media

  • National Parks Magazine
    Gone But Not Forgotten: Fossil Cycad National Monument was removed from the Park Service in 1957, but the story doesn't end there, by Kate Siber.
    February 05, 2014 Learn more
  • Rapid City Journal
    Paleontologist digging for new treasures — photos and lost history, by Meredith Colias.
    March 17, 2014 Learn more
  • Capital Journal - Pierre, SD
    A South Dakota mystery: Who stole the fossils from Fossil Cycad National Monument? By Lance Nixon.
    February 20, 2014 Learn more
  • WHITE SANDS NATIONAL MONUMENT
    Interagency Team Documents Ice Age Tracks.David Bustos and Vincent L. Santucci. InsideNPS. February 05, 2014 [292 KB PDF]
  • Shallow and Deep Water Origins of Silurian Rocks at Glacier Bay, Alaska. D. M. Rohr, R. B. Blodgett, V. L. Santucci, and L. Slavik. Alaska Park Science, Vol. 12, No. 1. 2014. [1.44 MB PDF]
  • Paleoblitz: Uncovering the fossil record of the national parks. V.L. Santucci, J.S. Tweet, and J.P. Kenworthy. Park Science, Vol. 29, No. 1. 2012. [481 KB PDF]

 

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