John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, Grand Teton National Park, Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Agate Fossil Beds
National Monument, Scotts Bluff National Monument, Homestead National Monument of America, Harry S.
They were pretty incredible creatures," said Caleb Prater, a park ranger at Nebraska's Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, which sits on the land once owned by the rancher, James Cook.
Those curious to see a Palaeocastor for themselves can visit Agate Fossil Beds and see its collection of fossils from the Oligocene and Miocene Epochs.
Visitors to Agate Fossil Beds National Monument can see the remains of other extinct creatures (in addition to the Palaeocastor, above) including small camels called Stenomytus, dog-sized rhinoceroses known as Menoceras, and "bear dogs," such as the Daphoenodon, whose name means, evocatively, "blood-reeking tooth.
That calf hide, together wit the older pipe bag are part of the Cook Collection at the Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, Nebraska.
My thanks to Mark Hertig, Curator of the Cook Collection Museum at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, Harrison, Nebraska, for all this information, his ideas and help, and for showing me all the above mentioned tipi renderings.
Most of these collections are from the Niobrara River Valley area (by Ladd, Egan, Morgan), the ponderosa pine forests of northern and western Nebraska (by Morgan, Egan), and from Scotts Bluff National Monument and Agate Fossil Beds National Monument (by Wetmore).
SCOTTS BLUFF County: Scotts Bluff National Monument, on rock, Wetmore 77443, 77447, 77473, 77557, 77571, 77624, 77661, 77697, 77889; SIOUX: Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, on rock, Wetmore 77762, 77782, 77827, 77849, 77874, 77889, 77897, 77942, 77960; 13 miles N of Mitchell, on rock, Wetmore 77757.
These include 70-million-year-old hadrosaur prints, the first dinosaur tracks from Alaska, located after two years of searching Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve on the Aleutian Islands; the most complete skeleton of the only pygmy island-dwelling mammoth at Channel Islands National Park in California; the first fossils ever described from the western hemisphere, mollusks collected in 1687 at what is now Colonial National Historical Park in Virginia; and the graveyards of 20-million-year-old camels and rhinos at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument in Nebraska.
And although it is no surprise that abundant fossils have been found at places with names such as Agate Fossil Beds, Hagerman Fossil Beds, John Day Fossil Beds, and Dinosaur national monuments, they also have been unearthed at Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania, revealing that dinosaurs walked across the area more than 200 million years ago.
The area was established as Agate Fossil Beds National Monument in 1965.
Visitors to Agate Fossil Beds will discover plenty to see and do.