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Paleontology and Fossils
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This category is to discover paleontological and fossil locations that are open to the public. Please click on "show additional information" below to see requirements for posting in this category.
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Paleontology, one of the historical sciences, is the scientific study of prehistoric life. Paleontologists are working to describe phenomena of the past and reconstruct the causes. Paleontology differs from archaeology in that paleontology’s focus is exploring ancient life evidence (animal and plant) while archaeology is focused on objects made by humans and human remains. There is some overlap in both disciplines regarding human remains, while there is also overlap with geology regarding the development of rocks and sediments. Paleontologists also work with the disciplines of biology, astronomy, chemistry, philology and history itself. Paleontology is unique in that often amateur paleontologists or the general public make spectacular discoveries.

Most commonly, people associate paleontology with the fossil remains of ancient life. The creation of a fossil is actually a very rare event since soft-tissue decays quickly long before the process of fossilization can occur. Fossil remains (Body Fossils) are actual bones, wood or shells that have fossilized. Trace Fossils are other preserved evidence of life such as footprints, burrows, marks left by feeding and feces (coprolites). This category will accept any credible body fossil or trace fossil. (Most of the above information came from Wikipedia and books about paleontology.)

The purpose of this category is to document the location of significant and/or credible fossil finds. Unlike the Rock-Hounding category, fossils are most often to be left in-situ. Many fossil areas are protected by laws and fossils are only to be photographed. Some fossil finds were discovered during construction (for instance, excavation for subways, building foundations or reservoirs), fossils were recovered, and then construction continued. Please get the coordinates of the original find (as close as you can safely acquire). Other finds were in unusual locations; for instance, in suburban Open Space. These areas will also be accepted in this category. Documentation needs to be provided of the fossil finds that were discovered during construction projects or other unusual discoveries.

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Any Waymark that would fit in the ancient human-object categories (i.e., Ancient Roman Civilization, Ancient Traces and Roads, In Search of the Celts, Megalithic Monuments, New World Ancient Evidence, Pictographs, etc.), which is the discipline of Archaeology, should be placed in those categories. Same for Waymarks that best fit in Geological categories. Fossilized human remains are acceptable for this category since they both are investigated by paleontologists and archaeologists.

Fossil remains in museums, Visitor Centers of fossil area, Universities, etc., will be accepted if they are open to the public. Coordinates should be taken at the nearest entrance. Petrified wood (fossilized remains of terrestrial vegetation) locations may be Waymarked, though they should be significant locations of petrified wood, such as a petrified forest. While peat bogs, coal and oil fields are technically fossilized plant material as well as marble being fossilized limestone and diatomaceous earth containing fossilized algae, these are not acceptable for this category.

Instructions for Posting a Paleontology and Fossils Waymark:

1. The fossil site must be a credible location and open to the public. Some fossil finds were discovered during construction (for instance, excavation for subways, building foundations or reservoirs), fossils were recovered, and then construction continued. Please get the coordinates of the original find (as close as you can safely acquire) and, if possible, the current location (usually a museum). Some locations charge admission fees to raise funds to help preserve and investigate the site. Other locations are privately owned and may allow private collection of fossils. These locations are acceptable in this category. Please include hours and fee information in your detailed description. GPSr coordinates that you have personally obtained.

2. Naming requirement: Name of the Find - City, State/Province/Country (whichever is appropriate). Example: Triceratops Ridge - Golden, Colorado, USA Quotation marks are not needed around the title.

3. At least two photos that you have personally taken of various fossils and (if available) photos of signs or plaques. Good photography is required. Photos of the fossils need to be clear. Interpretive signage photos are always nice to read. Additional photos are always appreciated! If the location is where fossils were discovered during construction or other unusual circumstances, thus removed, photos of the discovery area as best you can will be needed. Provide links to photos of the fossils found during the excavation or other unusual finds to place in your Long Description.

4. The "Detailed Description" needs to include a brief history of the discovery or area; if fossils were excavated and removed, then credible documentation of the story. Hours available and admission fees (if any) and any other information that would help a visitor are required. If the fossil area is developed (for instance, Dinosaur National Monument), include information about education programs and/or tours.

5. The text of the Detailed Description must be in black. Cite your sources. While English is not required, an English translation is very helpful to speed the review and greatly appreciated by English-only readers.

Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:

At least one good photo you have personally obtained and a brief story of your visit. Any additions or corrections to the information about the Waymark (for instance, have the hours open to the public changed) will be greatly appreciated.

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Image for Phillips Park Visitors Center & Mastodon Gallery - Aurora, ILview gallery

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Paleontology and FossilsPhillips Park Visitors Center & Mastodon Gallery - Aurora, IL

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Showcases the mastodon bones that were unearthed in the park during a 1934 Civil Works Administration Project. The skull being the largest of the artifacts, weighs 188 pounds.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member adgorn

location: Illinois

date approved: 6/2/2016

last visited: 6/16/2016

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Paleontology and FossilsField Museum - Chicago, IL

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The centerpiece of the collection is Sue the dinosaur. The 42 foot long fossil was found on August 12, 1990 near Faith, South Dakota.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Go Boilers!

location: Illinois

date approved: 1/28/2013

last visited: 7/15/2017

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