Florissant Fossil FOSSILS
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Below is a chart showing the various divisions of time from the most recent to the oldest. Locations where fossils from each period can be experienced are given along with links.

Eon Era Period Epoch Sites
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HOLOCENE The epoch in which we are currently living started around 10,000 years ago. Tasmanian Wolves, Carolina Parakeets and Dodo Birds are but a few of the species which have gone extinct in this epoch.
PLEISTOCENE 
0.01-1.8mya
Fossils from the Pleistocene look quite similar to organisms currently living today. A good site to visit is the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles.

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PLIOCENE
1.8-5mya
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MIOCENE
5-24mya
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OLIGOCENE
24-37mya
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EOCENE
37-58mya
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PALEOCENE
58-66.4mya
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CRETACEOUS
66.4-144mya
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JURASSIC
144-208mya
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TRIASSIC
208-245mya
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PERMIAN
245-286mya
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PENNSYLVANIAN
286-320mya
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MISSISSIPPIAN
320-360mya
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DEVONIAN
360-415mya
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SILURIAN
415-440mya
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ORDOVICIAN
440-500mya
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CAMBRIAN
500-543mya
The Burgess Shale in Canada's Yoho National Park is arguably the most famous fossil site on earth.

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PROTEROZOIC
543-2500mya
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ARCHEAN
2500-3800mya
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HADEAN
3800-4600mya
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Image: Fossil Sucker Fish from Florissant Fossil Beds©


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Fossil Sites in order of trip visitation:


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