1. Welcome to the Ashfall Fossil Site in Nebraska

A Paleontologist's "Field of Dreams"

Located in northcentral Nebraska, the Ashfall site features rhinos, horses and many other animals that died as result of a volcanic eruption in Idaho 12.5 million years ago. The eruption produced a tremendous cloud of ash that descended onto the savannah, including the Nebraska area. As the lungs of animals filled with ash, they sought relief at a waterhole where they eventually died and were covered with several feet of ash. I visited the site in August of 1999 and took these pictures. The photo shows one of the rhinos. About 100 have been discovered at the site along with horses, camels, turtles, and cranes.

IMPORTANT: To "Look at all the pictures and read the captions", click on the hot links at the bottom of the page(s). NOTE: There are several pages to look at before you get to the link titled "learn more".


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