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Tule Springs Fossil Beds

National Monument - Nevada

Mammoths, lions and camels once roamed along wetlands just north of what is now known as Las Vegas, Nevada. Their history is preserved at Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument and is ready to be discovered.

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Official Visitor Map of Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument (NM) in Nevada. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Tule Springs Fossil Beds - Visitor Map

Official Visitor Map of Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument (NM) in Nevada. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

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Map of the U.S. National Park System. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

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Map of the U.S. National Park System with Unified Regions. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

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Visitor Map of the southern part of Desert National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Nevada. Published by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

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Tule Springs Fossil Beds NM https://www.nps.gov/tusk https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tule_Springs_Fossil_Beds_National_Monument Mammoths, lions and camels once roamed along wetlands just north of what is now known as Las Vegas, Nevada. Their history is preserved at Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument and is ready to be discovered. Mammoths, lions and camels once roamed along wetlands just north of what is now known as Las Vegas, Nevada. Their history is preserved at Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument and is ready to be discovered. Because Tule Springs is a new park, there is no visitor center, facilities or parking areas. Right now to access the park, people can park on nearby public roads in the cities of Las Vegas and North Las Vegas, and they can enter the monument on foot. Federal regulations prohibit off-roading in the park. Vehicles are only permitted on approved roads and only when the vehicles are properly licensed for street use. Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument Tule Springs during winter Tule Springs during winter Protectors of Tule Springs receives Prestigious George and Helen Hartzog Award Protectors of Tule Springs Board President Jill DeStefano and Vice President Sandy Croteau accepted the George and Helen Hartzog Group Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service in Washington D.C. on Thursday, August 22. Protectors of Tule Springs and NPS staff at Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument NPS Geodiversity Atlas—Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument, Nevada Each park-specific page in the NPS Geodiversity Atlas provides basic information on the significant geologic features and processes occurring in the park. [Site Under Development] desert landscape Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument – a Pleistocene treasure trove Tule Springs has played a vital role in shaping the history of archaeology and paleontology of the Las Vegas Valley. In fact, vertebrate fossils have been known from the area for more than a century. fossil bed A Monumental Task: A Vision for the Future of Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument Derek Carter is the new Superintendent of Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument, a rich Pleistocene fossil site northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada. Management of this site, which is both recently established and adjacent to a growing metro area, has numerous challenges and opportunities. Superintendent Carter looks to address visitor experience, scientific research, and resource management. fossil mammoth tusk exposed in the ground Series: Geologic Time Periods in the Cenozoic Era The Cenozoic Era (66 million years ago [MYA] through today) is the "Age of Mammals." North America’s characteristic landscapes began to develop during the Cenozoic. Birds and mammals rose in prominence after the extinction of giant reptiles. Common Cenozoic fossils include cat-like carnivores and early horses, as well as ice age woolly mammoths. fossils on display at a visitor center Series: Park Paleontology News - Vol. 12, No. 2, Fall 2020 All across the park system, scientists, rangers, and interpreters are engaged in the important work of studying, protecting, and sharing our rich fossil heritage. <a href="https://www.nps.gov/subjects/fossils/newsletters.htm">Park Paleontology news</a> provides a close up look at the important work of caring for these irreplaceable resources. <ul><li>Contribute to Park Paleontology News by contacting the <a href="https://www.nps.gov/common/utilities/sendmail/sendemail.cfm?o=5D8CD5B898DDBB8387BA1DBBFD02A8AE4FBD489F4FF88B9049&r=/subjects/geoscientistsinparks/photo-galleries.htm">newsletter editor</a></li><li>Learn more about <a href="https://www.nps.gov/subjects/fossils/">Fossils & Paleontology</a> </li><li>Celebrate <a href="https://www.nps.gov/subjects/fossilday/">National Fossil Day</a> with events across the nation</li></ul> fossils on the ground with two people and a mountain in the distance Series: National Park Service Geodiversity Atlas The servicewide Geodiversity Atlas provides information on <a href="https://www.nps.gov/subjects/geology/geoheritage-conservation.htm">geoheritage</a> and <a href="https://www.nps.gov/subjects/geology/geodiversity.htm">geodiversity</a> resources and values all across the National Park System to support science-based management and education. The <a href="https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1088/index.htm">NPS Geologic Resources Division</a> and many parks work with National and International <a href="https://www.nps.gov/subjects/geology/park-geology.htm">geoconservation</a> communities to ensure that NPS abiotic resources are managed using the highest standards and best practices available. park scene mountains Series: Park Paleontology News - Vol. 11, No. 2, Fall 2019 All across the park system, scientists, rangers, and interpreters are engaged in the important work of studying, protecting, and sharing our rich fossil heritage. <a href="https://www.nps.gov/subjects/fossils/newsletters.htm">Park Paleontology news</a> provides a close up look at the important work of caring for these irreplaceable resources. <ul><li>Contribute to Park Paleontology News by contacting the <a href="https://www.nps.gov/common/utilities/sendmail/sendemail.cfm?o=5D8CD5B898DDBB8387BA1DBBFD02A8AE4FBD489F4FF88B9049&r=/subjects/geoscientistsinparks/photo-galleries.htm">newsletter editor</a></li><li>Learn more about <a href="https://www.nps.gov/subjects/fossils/">Fossils & Paleontology</a> </li><li>Celebrate <a href="https://www.nps.gov/subjects/fossilday/">National Fossil Day</a> with events across the nation</li></ul> devils tower Series: Park Paleontology News - Vol. 11, No. 1, Spring 2019 All across the park system, scientists, rangers, and interpreters are engaged in the important work of studying, protecting, and sharing our rich fossil heritage. <a href="https://www.nps.gov/subjects/fossils/newsletters.htm">Park Paleontology news</a> provides a close up look at the important work of caring for these irreplaceable resources. <ul><li>Contribute to Park Paleontology News by contacting the <a href="https://www.nps.gov/common/utilities/sendmail/sendemail.cfm?o=5D8CD5B898DDBB8387BA1DBBFD02A8AE4FBD489F4FF88B9049&r=/subjects/geoscientistsinparks/photo-galleries.htm">newsletter editor</a></li><li>Learn more about <a href="https://www.nps.gov/subjects/fossils/">Fossils & Paleontology</a> </li><li>Celebrate <a href="https://www.nps.gov/subjects/fossilday/">National Fossil Day</a> with events across the nation</li></ul> Tule Springs Fossil Beds Quaternary Period—2.58 MYA to Today Massive ice sheets advanced and retreated across North America during much of the Quaternary, carving landscapes in many parks. Bering Land Bridge National Preserve contains geologic evidence of lower sea level during glacial periods, facilitating the prehistoric peopling of the Americas. The youngest rocks in the NPS include the lava of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the travertine at Yellowstone National Park, which can be just a few hours old. fossil bone bed and murals of mammoths Cenozoic Era The Cenozoic Era (66 million years ago [MYA] through today) is the "Age of Mammals." North America’s characteristic landscapes began to develop during the Cenozoic. Birds and mammals rose in prominence after the extinction of giant reptiles. Common Cenozoic fossils include cat-like carnivores and early horses, as well as ice age woolly mammoths. fossils on display in a visitor center A New Resource for Researching America's Elephants Mammoths, mastodons, and other proboscideans are among the most familiar fossil organisms. An inventory complied by Jim Mead and others documents the occurrences of these animals in 63 National Park Service units. photo-illustration of a ranger standing next to a mammoth Illustrations, Checklists, & Inventories: Building and Sharing Baseline Knowledge at Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument is a recently established park near Las Vegas, Nevada that conserves late Pleistocene fossils from wetland habitats that once flourished in the area. The site is important to researchers seeking to understand ancients climate of the Southwest. But what lives there now? The park has recently been developing baseline knowledge of animals and plants living in the park today and creating new outreach materials to engage visitors. Desert bearpoppy flower pen-and-ink illustration. Series: Park Paleontology News - Vol. 13, No. 1, Spring 2021 All across the park system, scientists, rangers, and interpreters are engaged in the important work of studying, protecting, and sharing our rich fossil heritage. <a href="https://www.nps.gov/subjects/fossils/newsletters.htm">Park Paleontology news</a> provides a close up look at the important work of caring for these irreplaceable resources. <ul><li>Contribute to Park Paleontology News by contacting the <a href="https://www.nps.gov/common/utilities/sendmail/sendemail.cfm?o=5D8CD5B898DDBB8387BA1DBBFD02A8AE4FBD489F4FF88B9049&r=/subjects/geoscientistsinparks/photo-galleries.htm">newsletter editor</a></li><li>Learn more about <a href="https://www.nps.gov/subjects/fossils/">Fossils & Paleontology</a> </li><li>Celebrate <a href="https://www.nps.gov/subjects/fossilday/">National Fossil Day</a> with events across the nation</li></ul> park ranger in uniform Series: Parks in Science History Parks in Science History is a series of articles and videos made in cooperation with graduate students from various universities. They highlight the roles that national parks have played in the history of science and, therefore, the world's intellectual heritage. A woman looking through binoculars National Parks in the History of Science: Radiocarbon Dating Radiocarbon dating-sometimes called carbon-14 dating–is the most important method for determining the ages of ancient organic materials as old as about 60,000 years. The first time radiocarbon dating was used to answer a scientific question about human history was the early 1960s at what is now Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument in Nevada. two different images of a dug out trench in a desert landscape with people examining the walls The Giant Bird With a wingspan between 11-12 feet, it stood over 2.5 feet tall and weighed roughly 33 pounds—about one third larger than today’s living condors. illustration of an ancient bird's head Dire Wolf The dire wolf was the largest of the Late Pleistocene canids of North America. The skull could reach up to 12 inches in length and its teeth were larger and more robust than today’s gray wolves. illustration of a dire wolf Tule Springs Pronghorn Although coined the “American antelope,” pronghorn are much more closely related to living giraffes and okapi. Extinct antilocaprids are found from the Miocene, Pliocene, and Pleistocene fossil records across North America. illustration of three pronghorn running Giant Ground Sloths Fossils of the Shasta Ground Sloths and Large Clawed Ground Sloths are rare at Tule Springs Fossil Beds. illustration of a ground sloth Columbian Mammoth Fossils of Columbian mammoths are commonly identified throughout the Tule Springs fossil beds, making up about 22% of the documented assemblage so far. illustration of a mammoth The Big Cats During the late Pleistocene, Tule Springs Fossil Beds was home to two extinct large cats: Saber-toothed cat and American lion. illustration of a saber toothed cat Ancient Horse Commonly identifiable fossils of horses at Tule Springs Fossil Beds include molar teeth, skull and lower leg bones. illustration of an ancient horse The Camels Two different genera of camelids have been identified from the late Pleistocene deposits of Tule Springs. Fossils of the ancient camel make up one third (about 38%) of the total large Pleistocene mammals identified at Tule Springs. The ancient llama is only known from one fossil specimen. illustration of an ancient llama Ancient Bison The ancient bison was taller, had longer horns, and was 25% more massive than living American bison. It was roughly 7.5 feet tall and 15 feet long, weighing approximately 3,500 pounds. illustration of two ancient bison Series: Prehistoric Life of Tule Springs The paleontological period represented at Tule Springs ranges from 200,000 to 3,000 years ago. It is rich with significant paleontological resources from the ice age, including the Columbian Mammoth, extinct horses, camels and bison, and the dire wolf. illustration of two ancient bison

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