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Paleontology in Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park is deservedly known as one of the best records of Late Triassic paleontology and geology in the world. New plant and animal fossil discoveries, including Pseudosuchian and Ornithodiran archosaurs, dating back over 200 million years are found with impressive regularity. These finds are rewriting the Triassic fossil record and are continuing to expand our knowledge of this seminal time in the history of life on our planet. And you can be a part of it all!


Citizen science fossil digs are instrumental in assisting park paleontologists with the crucial work of excavation. There are two different dig experiences available to join.


How you will make an impact

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Off the beaten track experiences and unique landscapes await you on your Australian Geographic travels. Immerse yourself in breathtaking landscapes, bird watching and wildlife conservation while enjoying authentic interactions with local people and our ancient First Nations culture. From fresh local seafood to flights into remote wilderness World Heritage areas, journeying with us is awe-inspiring.

Fossils Found: 
Revueltosaurus, Aetosaurs, Shuvosaurids, Poposaurids and Rauisuchids, Crocodylomorphs, Pterosaurs, Silesaurids, Coelophysis, Chindesaurus and petrified wood
Formation: Chinle

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