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Paleontology

Utah is brimming with fossils, from trilobites to dinosaurs. In each is a story from the deep past, a tale that helps us better understand the history of our constantly-changing world. Here, explore scans of real Utah fossils, ponder why Utah is so good for dinosaur hunting, and explore what old bones can tell us about prehistory.

GET CURIOUS

Watch as Museum Member and actor Ty Burrell takes us behind the scenes in the Museum’s paleontology collections and Dr. Jason Cryan hosts a conversation with Museum scientists. This adventure in Paleontology will play in the video player below.

PALEONTOLOGY STORIES

Why are There so Many Unique Fossil Species in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument?


Geology and ancient environments helped create a dinosaur hotspot.
A display of different horned dinosaur skulls, including species found only in Utah.

Top Dinosaur Discoveries of the Decade


The past ten years have seen hundreds of new dinosaur discoveries. Here are a few of the highlights.

Inside a Paleontologist's Field Kit


Carrie Levitt-Bussian gives us an insider's look at her field kit. Find out what paleontologists absolutely need in the field.

3D MODELS FROM THE PALEONTOLGY COLLECTION

Comparing items can tell us a lot about different people at different times. Take a closer look at these collection items to see how they’re all made in different ways! Please allow a few moments for the 3D content to load.

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Explore more with this 3D model of a baby mammoth!

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Mammoths started small, but they got impressively big. Have a look at this 3D model of an adult mammoth skull.

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Mammoths were truly big, from their trunks to the tips of their tails.

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Nasutoceratops is one of the newest dinosaurs to be found in Grand Staircase. Have a look at its impressive skull in this 3D model!

PALEONTOLOGY VIDEOS

Join Museum Curator Randall Irmis as he introduces you to some amazing fossils from our collection

Join our collections manager Carrie Levitt-Bussian for an in-depth tour of our fantastic fossils.

You may have seen the duckbill Parasaurolophus in movies, but what was this dinosaur really like?

 

Thank you so much for joining us for this years Behind the Scenes! We can’t wait to show you even more amazing stories from the NHMU next year. And in the meantime, please continue to join us for new exhibits, world class lectures, and more.