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Fossil Discovery Exhibit

Debuted: January 2017

Amount Raised: $1,500,000

Top Donors: MS Doss Foundation, The Brown Foundation, Amon G. Carter Foundation, Alec Rhodes, Abell-Hanger Foundation, Permian Basin Area Foundation, Meta Alice Keith Bratten Foundation

The Fossil Discovery Exhibit is here!  Our Grand Opening was January 14, 2017.   This new exhibit, the first new exhibit space in the park in over thirty years, features the Park's 120 million years of paleontological history.

Big Bend National Park has one of the richest collections of fossils in the nation – over 1100 fossils including 35 Cretaceous-era species. As recently as May 2013 a new fossil, Bravoceratops, was discovered. The Park has so much to intrigue the public, and this new exhibit highlights the best of Big Bend's collection. In addition to educating and entertaining current visitors, the Fossil Discovery Exhibit is attracting new visitors, families in particular, to come see what the Park has to offer.

Big Bend Conservancy is continuing its stewardship of this amazing site by providing additional signage in The Boneyard and an endowment for the ongoing protection of this site in 2020.

To be taken to Big Bend National Park's official Fossil Discovery website, click here.