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May 25, 2013 - Florissant Fossil Beds NM

Today we are off to Florissant Fossil Beds NM and then Pike’s Peak. Florissant Fossil Beds NM is one of the richest and most diverse fossil deposits in the world. Petrified redwood stumps up to 14 feet wide and thousands of detailed fossils of insects and plants reveal the story of a very different, prehistoric Colorado. Many of the fossils are in an Eocene Formation approximately 34 million years ago. Guffey Volcano erupted spreading a 39 mile volcanic field of lava over the valley trapping birds, insects and burying huge ancient...

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Jun 18, 2011 - Up into the Mountains (Part 2)

After leaving the P Family in the hands of their ancestors we proceeded to the Florissant Fossil Beds, just out of Florissant, Colorado. If you didn't already know, the town was founded by a family from Florissant, Mo. It has one intersection. No homes to be seen. There are no dinosaur fossils. They died out some 70 million years ago while the beds date back 35 million years. The most visible thing is the giant redwood stumps. The most important thing is the study of the flora, fauna, insect, bird, and animal life embedded in the layers of...

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May 29, 2009 - Fossils... big & small !

The Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. From the National Park Service website (http://www.nps.gov/flfo/ "Beneath a grassy mountain valley in central Colorado lies one of the richest and most diverse fossil deposits in the world. Petrified redwood stumps up to 14 feet wide and thousands of detailed fossils of insects and plants reveal the story of a very different, prehistoric Colorado." This very rich collection of fossils include over 1,500 different species of insects, many still living and essentially unchanged today. This fossil...

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