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


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.

Paleontology Program Publications

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Park-specific Inventory Reports
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. Go to the Park-specific Reports page.
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Servicewide Thematic Inventory Reports
Servicewide thematic paleontological resource inventories are designed to compile data regarding specific types of paleontological resources which occur in parks throughout the NPS. Go to the Thematic Inventory Reports page.
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I&M Network Inventory Reports
Network-based Paleontological Resource Inventory Reports serve as an important reference for park planning documents, future scientific research, and on-the-ground surveys. Go to the Network Inventory Reports page.
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Park Paleontology Newsletter

The newsletter, Park Paleontology, serves 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. Continue to the Park Paleontology Newsletters page.
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Paleontology Articles
Go to the Paleontology Articles page.
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Research Volumes
The Federal Fossil Conference Proceedings and NPS Paleontological Research Volumes are posted on this site for downloading and printing. Go to the Research Volumes page.
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Historic Documents Collection

Go to the Historic Documents page.
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Press and Media

Go to the Press and Media page.

Last updated: March 29, 2024


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