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National Fossil Day is TOMORROW!

Hey everyone! Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 14th, is the 6th annual National Fossil Day! Follow the National Fossil Day Facebook page for information and events HERE.

A message from the American Geosciences Institute—

“You are invited to join in celebration of the 6th Annual National Fossil Day on Wednesday, October 14, 2015.  National Fossil Day is organized by the National Park Service as part of AGI’s Earth Science Week to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, with the goal of inspiring the next generation of paleontologists and fossil enthusiasts.

On National Fossil Day, scientists and park rangers will share fossil discoveries at special events nationwide and explain the importance of preserving fossils for future generations. National Fossil Day resources and activities celebrate the scientific and educational value of fossils, paleontology, and the importance of preserving fossils for future generations…”

Find more National Fossil Day information HERE!

Moab celebrates National Fossil Day with first Dinosaur Festival

moabtimes.com

Dozens of adults and kids gathered on the lawn adjacent to the Museum of Moab last Friday afternoon, Oct. 10, to celebrate “National Fossil Day” during the first Moab Dinosaur Festival.

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Greater Canyonlands: An Undiscovered Paleontological Treasure Trove

We know that ‪#‎NationalFossilDay‬ was yesterday, but we love fossils so much that we wanted to share this great article on Utah’s Greater Canyonlands dino treasures.

suwa.org

Today, October 15th is National Fossil Day! We celebrate it with the acknowledgement that as a repository of scientific discovery, Greater Canyonlands holds a treasure trove of found and yet-to-be-found paleontological secrets.

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Dinosaur bone fossils at the Dinosaur National Monument in Utah.

smithsonianmag.com

Fossils predate the written record by billions of years, but their impact on human history—and the way humans percieve the world around them—has been palpable for centuries. By offering a rare glimpse into worlds forgotten or unknown, fossils have long fascinated humans. Sometimes, fossils inspired mythology and folklore—in fourth century China, a historian mistook a fossilized dinosaur bone for a dragon bone. Other times, fossils gave scientists the physical evidence needed to piece together the natural history of life on Earth—in the late 1700s, fossil discoveries helped scientists understand the concept of extinction. Today, studying the fossil record remains as critical as ever. As the Earth’s climate continues to change, understanding how previous species adapted (or didn’t) to changes in the past gives scientists an indication about how we might respond to changes in the future.

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Celebrate National Fossil Day!

You are invited to join in celebration of the 5th Annual National Fossil Day on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. National Fossil Day is organized by the National Park Service as part of the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) Earth Science Week (http://www.earthsciweek.org) to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, with the goal of inspiring the next generation of paleontologists and fossil enthusiasts. On National Fossil Day, scientists and park rangers will share fossil discoveries at special events nationwide and explain the importance of preserving fossils for future generations.

AGI will participate in events to be held at The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. The program, free and open to the public, will begin with opening remarks from museum and National Park Service officials followed by a gathering of grade-school children who will recite the “Junior Paleontologist Pledge? on the mall steps of the museum. Events at the museum will include a “Wheel of Fossilization” game hosted by AGI — find your favorite organism’s fossilization fate!

In addition to the Smithsonian Institution and AGI, partners supporting this National Fossil Day event include the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Geological Survey, National Science Foundation, National Geographic, Maryland Dinosaur Park, U.S. Forest Service, Calvert Marine Museum, Dinosaur Valley State Park, Chesapeake Children’s Museum, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Several of these partners will have additional fossil-related activities on-site at the museum. To learn more about National Fossil Day, please see http://nature.nps.gov/geology/nationalfossilday/.