Near Hagerman in Gooding County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
Right Beneath Your Feet
New fossil localities are discovered every year. Currently Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument monitors over 600 fossil bearing localities. Each of these is meticulously recorded to capture all pertinent scientific data.
Once discovered, a fossil locality is photographed, GPS positioned, and documented in field notes.
Using hand tools, paleontologists carefully excavate the fossil by removing sediment from around the specimen. The sediment provides geologists context to the discovery.
The specimen is then wrapped in a plaster jacket to preserve and protect the fossil while it is transported from the field to the laboratory
Fossils are cleaned, stabilized, examined, and catalogued.
After a fossil specimen has been preserved and entered into the museum collections, it can then be used for scientific studies and display as museum exhibits. Each fossil recovered adds to our understanding of ancient life and ecosystems that existed in southern Idaho during the Pliocene Epoch.
Erected by Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Paleontology.
Location. 42° 46.241′ N, 114° 57.439′ W. Marker is near Hagerman, Idaho, in Gooding County. Marker can be reached from Bell Rapids Road near Upper Salmon Falls Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Ulica Nikole Tesle 17,, Hagerman ID 83332, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Volcanoes Along the Snake (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Manifest Destiny (about 400 feet away); The Great Westward Migration (about 700 feet away); A Changing Climate (approx. 1.8 miles away); Sediments and Fossils (approx. 1.8 miles away); Ancient Lakes (approx. 1.8 miles away); Where are the Fossils? (approx. 1.9 miles away); "The People" (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hagerman.
More about this marker. This marker is located on a short trail taking off from Oregon Trail Overlook in Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 15, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 15, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 113 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 15, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.