The Fossil Corner

Our Fossil Corner exhibit showcases the many different forms of life that flourished on the earth long ago, from dinosaurs to cave bears to exotic sea creatures. Come look back into deep geologic time and discover how fossils form through informative displays and stunning specimens.

Don’t miss the “Paleo Reef” display, that shows in vivid, colorful detail what life looked like under the seas as it evolved across a span of 600 million years, from the Cambrian to the Cretaceous Period – it’s like gazing into a time-machine aquarium.

Also on display are a variety of incredibly preserved fossils. The skull of a saber-toothed cat, the curvy spines of ammonites, and the claws of a giant cave bear are just a few of the examples on display from the outstanding “Mark LeFont Collection” at the UA Mineral Museum.

Be sure to play the multi-person game where you try your hardest to become a fossil. With lots of twists and turns, you may realize how many things have to line up just right for fossils to be preserved in sedimentary rock and recovered intact.