Fossil Lake [G12]

Grade Level:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Item Type:Experience Box
Categories:Animals, Plants, Rocks and Fossils
Topics:Animals, Plants, Rocks and Fossils, Ecosystems, Evolution, Fish, Reptiles, etc., Amphibians, Reptiles, Fossils, Great Lakes Region, Insects, Arthropods, Mammals, North America

Some of the best examples of life during the Tertiary Period come from one extraordinary site in southwestern Wyoming called Fossil Lake. Although Fossil Lake has a cold, snowy climate today, its fossils offer us an unusual snapshot of an extinct tropical lake and community of organisms that lived there 50 million years ago. Touch fossil fishes, insects, and the earliest known bat fossil cast to understand this formerly tropical environment.


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