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Follow a Fossil
Fossil mammal bone The most complete T. rex ever found. Ancient plant-insect interactions. A new species of early hominid. A missing link for marsupials. The earliest evolution of feathers . . . Nature enthusiasts don't have to look far for news of important discoveries about the history of life, and museums throughout the world sport spectacular displays of ancient environments. But have you ever wondered what it takes to understand ancient life forms or put fossil finds on display?

Paleontology, the study of ancient life on Earth, is great fun, but it also requires a tremendous amount of work. Years can pass between the time a fossil is found, and a book or article about its implications is published, or the fossil appears in a museum display. Here, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science shares some of our own efforts to bring fossils to life.

If you'd like to learn more about fossils in general, choose What is a Fossil?

Ready to join us on a fossil hunt? Pick your favorite subject: Vertebrates, Invertebrates, or Plants.

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