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Paleontology on Alaska's Public Lands

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!


National BLM Links:

Department of Interior Paleontology Regulations

Paleontology Legislation

BLM National website for Paleontology Education and Information

Alaska Museums with Paleontology Exhibits:

University of Alaska Museum of the North

Alaska Museum of Natural History

How to obtain a Paleontological Resource Use permit

A  paleontologist must have a valid paleontological resource use permit before collecting or disturbing fossil resources on BLM-administered lands. Casual collecting (also called hobby collecting) of certain common invertebrate and plant fossils on BLM-administered lands is allowable without a permit. Learn more>

For more information contact:
Alaska State Office
Bureau of Land Management
222 W. 7th Ave., Unit 13
Anchorage, AK 99513
Public Room: 907-271-5960
FAX: 907-271-3684