NPS Paleontology Surveys
Fossils have been identified in over 230 National Park Service areas. The remains of fossilized plants and animals contain valuable scientific information which enables us to better understand the ancient world. Paleontological resource inventories, also referred to as surveys, help to establish important information about fossils and frequently lead to new discoveries. Fossil surveys benefit the science of paleontology, as well as provide increased information for better management and protection.Comprehensive paleontological resource surveys have been completed in Yellowstone and Death Valley national parks. Similar surveys are currently underway at Arches National Park, Big Bend National Park, Joshua Tree National Monument, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Zion National Park, and at a number of parks in Alaska.