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ANTH 470 - Paleontology Field School

  • 4 credits

Join the CSU Paleontology Field School (ANTH 470), gain hands-on paleontological field experience, and earn 4 credits this summer!

Course Specifics:

Wyoming’s Bighorn Basin holds fossil-bearing sediments that date back to a time well before dinosaurs up through the Age of Mammals. Its early Cenozoic strata contain the ancestors of modern mammals – including the first artiodactyls (even-toed ancestors of deer, hippos, etc.), the first perissodactyls (odd-toed ancestors of horses, rhinos, etc.), the first rodents, and – importantly – the first true primates, Adapoidea and Omomyoidea.

Based out of Greybull, Wyoming, students will learn how to identify fossil localities, map sections, and collect vertebrate fossils from the earliest Eocene beds in the Bighorn Basin in which extinct primates are known, and how to prospect for new fossil-bearing localities. We are excited to offer this new opportunity for our students.


ANTH 120 (Human Origins and Variation) or BZ 110 (Principles of Animal Biology) or Attributes of Living Systems; Admission to this field course requires instructor permission based upon submission of a Paleontology Field School application. Please contact the course instructor for application information at; Contact instructor to request an override

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Please contact Kim Nichols for full information about applying at