Paleontology of the Grand Valley

Ever since humans arrived in the Grand Valley, the paleontological resources of this area have fascinated their minds. Soon after the area was settled in the 1880s, paleontologists began arriving to investigate the mysteries of ancient life captured in the rocks. Paleontologists continue their research even today at the Museums of Western Colorado, as well as other institutions around the world, who are still unlocking the clues to the past, with new technology and new hypotheses. Discover the beginning of our paleontological story below.