FOSSIL Features: Sinking Our Teeth into Dinosaur Dentition by Joy and Isabelle Churin

February 25th, 2020 by

Sinking Our Teeth into Dinosaur Dentition by Joy and Isabelle Churin   A couple of months ago, I decided to introduce my 8-year-old daughter to one of my most beloved movies as a child – the 1988 animated film The Land Before Time. We had a delightful time meeting Cera (a Triceratops), Ducky (a Parasaurolophus), […]

The FOSSIL Project: Personal Reflections, Recognition, and Thanks

December 17th, 2019 by

by Bruce J. MacFadden (@bmacfadden) The FOSSIL Project officially began in 2013 with the submission of a proposal to the National Science Foundation (NSF). Back then we did not fully understand where it would lead over the next six years and all of the positive outcomes that have happened during this interval. Our original intent […]

Social Paleontology and FOSSIL’s Contribution to Research on Learning

December 17th, 2019 by

by Kent Crippen (@kcrippen), Lisa Lundgren (@llundgren) & Richard Bex (@richard-bex)   The FOSSIL Project was funded as a design-based research project, which implied a dual focus in our overall approach. Our first purpose was to use an evidence-based design process to unify amateurs, professionals and natural history museums into a more cohesive national community […]

Talking Fossils with Teachers at NAPC

September 27th, 2019 by

by Michael Ziegler (@michael-ziegler) NAPC 2019 at the University of California, Riverside campus was a tremendously productive conference in regards to presentations and networking. Supported by the FOSSIL project, I helped facilitate an hour long workshop that focused on implementing a lesson plan created by iDigFOSSILS teacher Dr. Elizabeth Lewis and myself. The taphonomy-based lesson […]


September 25th, 2019 by

by Sadie Mills After six exciting and rewarding years the FOSSIL Project, in its current form, is coming to a close. As a National Science Foundation-funded initiative the project was always intended to have a limited lifespan, but we are so proud of all that has been accomplished in just a few years. While many […]

Club Corner: Kentucky Paleontological Society

July 30th, 2019 by

By Dan Phelps, President The Kentucky Paleontological Society (KPS) was founded in 1993 for the purpose of promoting interest in and knowledge of the science of paleontology. It is intended that the Society be a network for the exchange of data between professionals and serious amateurs in Kentucky and surrounding states. Meetings of the Society […]

Fossils – Fact or Myth?

December 15th, 2016 by

Editor’s note: Reprinted by permission from the Special Friends of the Aurora Fossil Museum newsletter. by Joyce Drakeford, Friends of the Aurora Fossil Museum We have all heard things in the fossil world about fossil collecting and wondered if it was true. Well, here are a few top questions I received answered for you! Is […]