School children at the Cleveland Lloyd Dino Quarry

Paleontology Discovery from Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Facts about Fossils on BLM Public Lands

Did you know that 99 percent of all organisms that ever lived are believed to be extinct, and that less than 1 percent of those organisms ever become fossilized?

Other interesting facts include:

  • Many of the fossils that you see in museums all over the country came from your public lands.
  • The BLM's Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry is home to the largest concentration of large meat-eating dinosaurs ever found.
  • Hundreds of new dinosaurs and other fossil species have been discovered in BLM's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument since it was designated in 1996.
  • Fossils in the fossil record are important evidence of changing climates in the past.

Paleontologists, both professional and amateur, as well as concerned citizens like you, make these exciting discoveries possible.

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