Your Gift Matters: Keeping Paleontology Alive in Nevada

The Paleontology research group at UNLV, lead by Dr. Steve Rowland, studies both the ecology of ancient ecosystems as well as how those assemblages came to be preserved in the fossil record to better interpret life through time. Southern Nevada is a fossil-rich region, and the team's projects currently include paleontological, paleoecological, and taphonomic studies of Ediacaran invertebrates, late Paleozoic and Mesozoic vertebrate trackways, Cretaceous dinosaur-bearing strata, Miocene terrestrial ecosystems, and the Pleistocene megafauna. UNLV's Paleontology program works closely with the Las Vegas Natural History Museum where students and faculty work in the prep lab and as museum volunteers. The program also works closely with the recently established Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument and Ice Age Fossils State Park, both of which are on the northern margin of Las Vegas Valley. Support this program: