National Fossil Day logo, 2016 (credit: NPS)
Perhaps you missed National Fossil Day that came again this month. I did.
According to the National Park Service and their co-host, the American Geosciences Institute, National Fossil Day is designed to promote awareness and stewardship of fossils, in an attempt to build greater appreciation of fossils with their scientific and educational value. The Park Service said:
"fossils discovered on our public lands preserve ancient life from all eras of Earth's history, and from every major group of plants and animals. Fossils range from primitive algae found in the mountains of Montana's Glacier National Park to the remains of ice-age animals found in caves at Arizona's Grand Canyon National Park. Parks provide visitors with opportunities to interpret a fossil's ecological context by observing them in the same place those animals and plants lived millions of years ago."
National Fossil Day will include events like: art and photography contests; activities specifically for kids; an opportunity to 'meet a paleontologist'; to become a Pleistocene Partner; and for field walks to fossil digs still underway in the parks. Paleontologists and rangers will share findings at events and explain the importance of preservation so everyone can share in fossil discovery.
So grab that little T-rex or Saber-tooth tiger raging around the house and head to the nearest park or museum for tales about fossil hunting, geological discovery, and evolutionary history that fossils can tell. You might even hear songs about fossils!