If you want to see completefossil skeletons up close, you have come to the right place! Ashfall Fossil Beds is truly a remarkable fossilsite. Dozens ofperfectly preserved prehistoric mammals have been uncovered and are on display in-situ– exactly where they were found.
Access is key on thisVirtual Field Trip! Our educatorpresents an overview of the site and then takes you into the fossil bed,a privilege not afforded to on-site visitors. The result is a first-hand, close-up look at ancient rhino, horse, andcamel skeletons lying in the waterhole where they died 12 million years ago.Excavation techniques within the fossil bed are demonstrated, and the active digand paleontological research work that takes place each summer isexplained. There is time for Q & A,so you will have an opportunity to delve as deep as your curiosity can take you.
The Ashfall Fossil BedsState Historical Park is a wonder of the natural world. Twelve million years ago a super volcaniceruption in southwest Idaho deposited a thick layer of volcanic ash over muchof North America – nearly twelve inches deep across what is now Nebraska. The ash, actually tiny shards of glass,devastated the local wildlife. Some animals perished in a watering hole thateventually filled with the drifting ash, preserving their skeletons in extremedetail seldom seen in the fossil record.
Multipoint: $125.00Multipoint Premium: $115.00Point to Point: $125.00Point to Point Premium: $115.00
Education: Grade(s) Pre-K Students, Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons
Social Studies/History, Sciences
Virtual Field Trips can be scheduled from mid-March to mid-November, Tuesday through Friday.
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Explore Natural History: University of Nebraska State Museum
1. You will be Introduced to Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park2. You will discover the animals who lived here 12 million years ago3. You will learn about the super volcanic eruption that devastated the wildlife4. You will step into the fossil dig site for an up-close view of the skeletons5. You will see a demonstration of the excavation process6. Questions and Answers!
Participants will:- Discover a snapshot of prehistoric wildlife and landscape through the sciences of paleontology and geology.- Be introduced to the catastrophic event that preserved the fossil skeletons at the site.- Engage in a close-up view of these remarkable fossils.
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