There are special places on earth where conditions uniquely exist to preserve fossils and give us a window into the past so that we can understand what plants and animals were like long before humans existed. Here are 10 locations where fossil remains are recognized around the globe for their significance and value. Join us on the fossil trail and learn what life was like for prehistoric plants and animals.
Petrified Forest National Park
Petrified Forest National Park is a unique landscape known best for its petrified wood fossils from the Late Triassic period. Fossils formed when sediment and volcanic ash buried the downed trees that accumulated in river channels. Quartz crystals formed in the logs as groundwater seeped in and dissolved the ash into silica, replacing wood cells with stone. Take a drive through the park, participate in a ranger-guided program, and stop at the park’s visitor centers and museum for an interactive, computer-based Triassic Virtual Tour, hands-on exhibits, gift shop and so much more. Also consider a stop at the Rainbow Forest Museum for a variety of exhibits and an orientation film, Timeless Impressions, which is shown every half hour.