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Paleontology on Alaska's Public Lands
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What is Paleontology?
Fossils are the remains or traces of activity from any organism preserved in the earth’s crust. Generally, fossilization occurs as organic material is replaced by minerals. Paleontology is the study of those remains.
Fossils provide clues to many important and intriguing questions, from dinosaur extinctions to studies of plate tectonics (the geology of the Earth’s structural deformation). Consequently, public lands provide great outdoor laboratories and classrooms for the study of paleontology and also contribute significantly to public exhibits found in museums.
Dinosaurs in Alaska
Learn about dinosaurs in Alaska!