Dickinson Fossil Heritage Center
The new center features activities including a children's fossil dig and bone puzzles, and exhibits about petrified wood and Nebraska rivers. More »
In Smithsonian Magazine: Evolution World Tour: Ashfall Fossil Beds, Nebraska Prehistoric rhinoceroses and horses died of volcanic ash inhalation 12 million years ago - their fossils are studied now as a perfect example of natural selection. More »
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources faculty and students recently visited the park as part of the "Roads Scholar Tour".
Ashfall Fossil Beds Visitor Guide
A new nearly 100-page book about Ashfall Fossil Beds is currently in press at the request of park visitors who often ask for a detailed reminder of their day at the site. Written by State Museum paleontologists, it includes background about the park’s history, geology and paleontology. It explains how scientists determine the age of fossils, how a massive volcanic eruption half a country away deposited the ash in Nebraska, why and how long it took for the animals to die, ecology of the site, and why so many different kinds of animals are buried in one place. Also included are wonderful animal portraits by Mark Marcuson exhibited in the Hubbard Rhino Barn and a very interesting personal perspective written by Mike Voorhies, in addition to beautiful full page photos.
Price of Visitor Guide is $24.95 plus sales tax and shipping. To order your copy call the park at 402-893-2000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.