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Welcome to Palaeontology and Fossil Discovery Resource! A celebration of dinosaurs, prehistoric life, and scientific research focused on the history of our planet. Our mission is to visit all the fossil localities around the world.
What we do
Travel and Share Fossil Localities Around the World, Post the Latest News in Palaeontology, Share Library & More
Field Trips section is divided by states and provides information about fossil sites, gems locations, museums, national monuments, and parks.
We are on a mission to visit all fossil sites around the world. This part of the website is constantly growing and being updated. Stay tuned.
Resources section suggests the best books for all ages and levels, including essential online resources, information about rockhounding and palaeontology clubs, online palaeontology and geology classes, and much more.
As an amateur paleontologist, I do field trips weekly, rain, snow, or shine! The five most common questions I get from beginners are: WHERE to look for fossils, WHAT are fossils, HOW to identify fossils, WHAT equipment you need, and HOW to document the specimens and localities.
about the Blog
Daily Posts on Everything Dinosaurs and Prehistoric
From Stratigraphy and Surface Geology to the latest studies on Tyrannosaurus rex, Field trips and Interviews with People in Palaeontology
Palaeontology Rocks focuses on science communication and educational posts on palaeontology and geology, travel ideas, and all topics surrounding fieldwork
Travelling the USA and beyond, exploring and documenting geology and fossil localities, and sharing our passion for palaeontology through the Palaeontology Rocks website and social media.
The Palaeontology Rocks website was launched in November 2020 to provide up-to-date resources for fossils and dinosaurs enthusiasts. Here you can find locations where it is legal to collect fossils, information of laws and regulations, advice on how to start your own fossil collection, the latest news in palaeontology and geology, and updates from our own fieldwork adventures and travels.
State-by-State Fossils and Gems Locations
Bucket List Travel Ideas
Palaeontology and Geology Articles and Researches
Bucket List Travel Ideas
The Tar Pits have fascinated scientists and visitors for over a century, and today, this area is the only actively excavated Ice Age fossil site found in an urban location in the world!
Ice Age animals, plants, and insects were trapped in sticky asphalt, which preserved them for us to find today. More than 100 excavations have been made at the Tar Pits since the early 1900s, and most of the fossils discovered here are housed in the museum at La Brea Tar Pits, at the center of the Tar Pits!
There is nothing like the thrill of discovery. Just like pages in a book, fossil impressions are embedded in 50 million years old layers of shale; when the rock splits and there is fossil inside, many squeal with delight at the discovery. That fossil has never seen the light of day and is certainly something that has not been seen before by human eyes. Finding a fossil takes a bit of patience, yet the odds of finding one are excellent.
Colorful rock formations at John Day Fossil Beds preserve a world class record of plant and animal evolution, changing climate, and past ecosystems that span over 40 million years. Exhibits and a working lab at the Thomas Condon Paleontology and Visitor Center as well as scenic drives and hikes at all three units allow visitors to explore the prehistoric past of Oregon and see science in action.
The Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is a national monument located in Teller County, Colorado. The location is famous for the abundant and exceptionally preserved insect and plant fossils that are found in the mudstones and shales of the Florissant Formation.
With working labs you can see into, one-of-a-kind objects all around you, and galleries filled with curiosity and conversation, it’s a new kind of museum—and a whole new way to experience our world.
This museum features the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skull on display found by two volunteers in Hell Creek Formations in Montana, Tufts and Love.
Some of the world’s best preserved fossils are found in the flat-topped ridges of southwestern Wyoming’s cold sagebrush desert. Fossilized fishes, insects, plants, reptiles, birds, and mammals are exceptional for their abundance, variety, and detail of preservation. Most remarkable is the story they tell of ancient life in a subtropical landscape.
Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry (CLDQ) at Jurassic National Monument contains the densest concentration of Jurassic-aged dinosaur bones ever found. Over 12,000 bones (belonging to at least 74 individual dinosaurs) have been excavated at the quarry. Curiously, more than 75% of the bones come from carnivores, primarily Allosaurus fragilis. With more than 46 individual specimens of Allosaurus, scientists have been able to deduce much about how Allosaurus aged and compare individuals to better understand intraspecies diversity.
The Quarry Exhibit Hall allows visitors to view the wall of approximately 1,500 dinosaur bones in a refurbished, comfortable space. Here, you can gaze upon the remains of numerous different species of dinosaurs including Allosaurus, Apatosaurus, Camarasaurus, Diplodocus, and Stegosaurus along with several others. Exhibits, including an 80-foot long mural, reveal the story of these animals and many others that lived in the Morrison environment during the late Jurassic. There are even several places where you can touch real 149 million year old dinosaur fossils!