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Celebrating R1 - Keeping Paleontology Alive in Nevada

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16 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on June 28, at 12:00 PM PDT
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Celebrating R1 - 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. 

Despite these many accomplishments, Dr. Rowland and his students have literally only scratched the surface of what lies in our surrounding deserts! Give now and help us keep paleontology alive in our community. 

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Digging it!

A contribution at this level will help us buy supplies for this project, such as brushes, trowels, and dental picks.


Preserving History

Your contribution at this level will assist in purchasing chemical consolidants to stabilize fossils as they are exposed, the acetone needed to dissolve the consolidants once transported, as well as the plaster of Paris used to make protective plaster jackets.


Journeying into the Past

Your contribution at this level will go a long way toward supporting our transportation to the excavation site. We pay $115 per day for the use of each UNLV vehicle.


Uncovering the Whole Story

A contribution at this level will pay for radiocarbon dating and pollen analyses to properly date excavated fossils and study the environment in which the animal lived.

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