fossils

A desert landscape with striped layers of sediment colors, from auburn to shades of brown.

Tracking fossils to follow Utah’s past climate

A paleontologist and her team documented over 600 new fossil finds from the Age of Mammals, a record in the multi-decade Uinta Basin Project.


Maddie’s Haddie: When you know, you know

A first-time paleontology volunteer used her keen intuition and some good old-fashioned beginner’s luck to find an impressive fossil skeleton.


Digging up the past to understand our climate future

During a summer that’s already marked by record-breaking heat, the quest to find these fossils is more important than ever.


‘Behind the Scenes Reimagined’ with Ty Burrell

Join the “Modern Family” actor for a five-part webcast examining the Natural History Museum of Utah’s collections.


An illustration that imagines what the dinosaur-like creature looked like while leaving the footprint millions of years ago. It's feet look like giant chicken feet - three toed with claws. Ferns are scattered in the background..

Insights into climate change during origin of dinosaurs

An international team reveals discoveries about an unusual time called the ‘Carnian Pluvial Episode.’


Ecosystems of early human evolution

To understand the environmental pressures that shaped human evolution, scientists must first piece together the details of the ancient plant and animal communities that our fossil ancestors lived in over the past 7 million years.


REPTILIAN RELATIVES

Dinosaur relatives and first dinosaurs more closely connected than previously thought and precise rock dating calls ages of other fossil sites across the globe into question.


DINO-MITE MYSTERY SOLVED

A remarkably detailed picture of the climate and ecology during the Triassic Period explains why dinosaurs failed to establish dominance near the equator for 30 million years.