Discover Fossils & Paleontology
Fossil Collecting Resources
Fossil collectors who collect vertebrate fossils on state lands in Florida, which include all navigable waterways, and offshore waters, are required to have a Fossil Collecting Permit issued by the Florida Program of Vertebrate Paleontology.
Museum scientists will identify fossils that have been legally collected or purchased.
While fossil plant remains are nowhere as abundant as the remains of fossil vertebrates or invertebrates in Florida, they are nonetheless an important part of Florida's fossil record.
Numerous clubs have been organized around the state that cater, wholly or in part, to fossil collecting. Some are strictly paleontological, some focus just on modern and fossil shells, and some are rock, mineral, and fossil organizations.
Image galleries of fossil bivalves, cephalopods, corals, crabs, shrimps, gastropods, sand dollars, sea urchins, sea biscuits, sea stars and much more.
Thomas Farm is an ideal fossil site for combining research with education. Side-by-side, both professional and amateur paleontologists have excavated vertebrate fossils at Thomas Farm for many decades, with great mutual benefit. The Florida Museum routinely operates programs that teach people of highly varied backgrounds about the ancient amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals that lived in Florida 18 million years ago.
One of the more useful maps for the avocational and professional paleontologist alike is the topographic map. Learn how to use one and and how to find maps for your area.
Museum Paleontology Collections
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