Centennial Paleontological Inventory – Grand Canyon National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

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Pleistocene open up woodland scene from the western part of the Grand Canyon. Portray by artist Julius Csotonyi.

Julius Csotonyi

News Launch Date: April 22, 2021

Make contact with: Kaitlyn Thomas, 202-763-3440

Speak to: Vincent Santucci, 717-339-7502

Grand Canyon, AZ – After a multi-yr effort, the Nationwide Park Services and the Utah Geological Affiliation have published Grand Canyon Nationwide Park Centennial Paleontological Methods Inventory: A Century of Fossil Discovery and Investigate, accessible for public down load on the Utah Geological Affiliation site.

The publication documents a lot more than 1.2 billion a long time of paleontological background in Grand Canyon. The abundant fossil document uncovered through the stock showcases flora and fauna from ancient Precambrian microbial mats to Pleistocene megafauna–including Shasta ground sloths, Harrington’s mountain goats, and the American cheetah–which lived in Grand Canyon’s limestone caves during the most the latest Ice Age.

“Our understanding of the fossil document advancements with new discoveries uncovered in the course of every subject time. The Grand Canyon paleontological stock, and comparable function in other parks, reward us all with new and far more comprehensive facts about prehistoric everyday living and the historic entire world where by they lived,” said National Park Service paleontologist Vincent Santucci. Grand Canyon’s substantial stratigraphic record demonstrates the canyon has been household to historical sharks, Permian vegetation, proto-reptiles, and now-extinct mammals as the natural environment shifted from hospitable oceans to harsh deserts around hundreds of tens of millions of many years.

The Grand Canyon Nationwide Park Centennial Paleontological Useful resource Inventory represents the biggest park-distinct fossil inventory in National Park Support heritage. The centennial of Grand Canyon in 2019 became the perfect backdrop for this project and essential the collaboration of a group of paleontologists, NPS staff members, and a number of park associates which includes Grand Canyon Conservancy and the Utah Geological Affiliation. Their initiatives, which bundled the first-at any time park Paleo Blitz at Grand Canyon and a special National Fossil Day outreach event, improved understanding of historic environments, extinction functions and a made a new catalogue of historical daily life at Grand Canyon.

Thanks to the collective contributions of National Park Service staff, park associates and other paleontologists, this new paleontological inventory catalogues fossil specimens in the park’s museum collection and will lead to new instructional and interpretive initiatives on Grand Canyon paleontology.

The objective of the paleontological stock was to identify the scope, significance, distribution and administration issues affiliated with fossils in the park. As a result of this work, the NPS compiled paleontological resource details for the general public, park professionals and employees to superior recognize the non-renewable paleontological resources less than their stewardship, and in convert aids inform future park scheduling and final decision-producing which might relate to park fossils.

Interested in mastering extra? Vacation back again in time and read the Grand Canyon Nationwide Park Centennial Paleontological Resource Inventory on the Utah Geological Association web page.

– NPS –

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