paleontology

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

Tracking fossils to follow Utah’s past climate

A U 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.


3-D printed replicas reveal swimming capabilities of ancient cephalopods

Experiments in water tanks, including a U pool, suggest the ancient animals lived a vertical marine lifestyle.


Ancient ammonoids’ shell designs may have aided buoyancy control

Researchers use 3D-printed models to explore fractal-like interior shell patterns.


Mysterious magnetic fossils offer past climate clues

New method preserves these rare samples for scientific analysis


Fossil species named for U professor Kathleen Ritterbush

Name honors Ritterbush’s research in the rock formation where the fossil shell was found.


‘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.’


Utah’s land and life

Explore the Natural Museum of History’s exhibitions from the comfort of your own home.


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.