Saturday, September 9, 2023

Ashfall Fossil Beds Stop #  56 pg # 47

This park is a bit of a drive but well worth it.  Most people would be surprised to see this in Nebraska. The visitor center has some great displays of ancient animal life with descriptions.  But the real treat is a short walk from there to the enclosed fossil bed.  

This building is huge!  What you see here is a small part of the whole thing.  There were several paleontology students working here when we visited, and they were very welcoming for all our questions.  Lots of different animals have been found.  The most common are 5 species of horses and a barrel-bodied rhinoceros.  Plus, turtles, dogs, camels, and more.  The rhinos were crafted into bronze statues outside the visitor center.

The kids also have a special place to learn and have some fun doing it.  They can dig in a sandbox and discover some fossils themselves.

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