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“Learning about fossils”

Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park
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Owner description: This archeological site, revealing prehistoric fossils, is a subdivision of the University of Nebraska State Museum
Reviewed 24 September 2017

This was an eye opener. The site is not there for either research or finding fossils. It is there to show people how the search and retrieval of fossils occur. The young man at the site one the day we were there had finished his graduate work and was getting into a master's program. But to get into the master's program he needed hands on experience with fossil digs. So he was an intern who answered everyone's questions. The site is large, it has several neat statues, on the walk to the rhino barn you will find monuments that talk about the animals inhabiting the year before and after the volcano eruption that killed so many animals. There is a state park charge so be prepared to pay for both the park entrance and the state park fee.

Thank alphawolfie
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Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

This amazing historical site is a must visit for history buffs. These fossil beds are being dug by UNL department Interims. Each summer they are uncovering new fossils in the section that is currently being excavated. The past sections hold so many clues to our lands development. I loved the exhibit and all the information that was there.

1  Thank Herman16
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Reviewed 23 September 2017

We visited this attraction during our yearly state trip (Nebraska/Iowa combo this year) and were very disappointed. It is about a 3 hour drive from Omaha, but for us was not worth the time. It costs $7/person to get in and $6/per car. The gift shop was very informative with many items on display/descriptions. We were super excited to go out to the Rhino Barn to learn more!!! When we got into the barn, it was almost deadly silent with 1 person working on the fossils. She looked at us but didn't say a single word, so we were left to navigate through the barn just reading the placards. We think it would be better with a narrated tour.

Thank boardinprincesa
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Reviewed 15 September 2017

The Ashfall Fossil Park is a little out of your way as you trek through Nebraska but the stop is definitely one that should be on your list. The park is located in the rolling hills of northeast NE so a scenic drive when compared to the freeway. The visit center/museum portion of the park has educational displays and hands on items. There are several shelters and a building that are discovery centers and allow the kids to enjoy a hands-on experience at the park. The observation building where the college interns are uncovering fossils is very impressive. The interns enjoy sharing what they know about the ashfall event at this ancient waterhole and the animals of the past. Well preserved fossils cover almost all of the floor in the building (and outside). We spend about two hours there and that was about the right amount of time.

There is a book titled Ashfall written by Mike Mullen. The author thoroughly investigated the impact of an ashfall. Then, he wrote a story about a modern-day event if the Yellowstone super-volcano was to erupt. Visiting the park and reading the book complement each other very well. I highly recommend doing both.

Thank MnNanook
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Reviewed 27 August 2017

The fossils are lovely! There is SO many in one place it's extraordinary! I went during high school in 2013 with classmates and surely want to return sometime soon with family or friends!

1  Thank Jolene D
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