On December 19, 2014, Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument, located in the Las Vegas Valley of southern Nevada, was established by Congress as the 405th unit of the National Park Service to “conserve, protect, interpret, and enhance for the benefit of present and future generations the unique and nationally important paleontological, scientific, educational, and recreational resources and values of the land” (P.L. 113-291, sec. 3092). Vertebrate fossils have been known from the region for more than a century, and recent work has established the Tule Springs local fauna as one of the most significant Pleistocene vertebrate faunas in the American Southwest. The sedimentary sequence that entombs the fossils represents a paleohydrologic system that responded dynamically to abrupt changes in climate throughout the late Quaternary. Work in Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument continues today through the efforts of scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey, National Park Service, and academic institutions across the country.
Springer, K.B., Pigati, J.S., and Scott, E., 2018, The geology and paleontology of Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument, Nevada: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2018–3038, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20183038.
ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)
ISSN: 2327-6916 (print)
Table of Contents
- A Brief History of Tule Springs
- A Story of Water
- Timing is everything…
- A Story of Life
- …and context is critical!
- U.S. Geological Survey Science in the Park
- For More Information
|Publication Subtype||USGS Numbered Series|
|Title||The geology and paleontology of Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument, Nevada|
|Series title||Fact Sheet|
|Publisher||U.S. Geological Survey|
|Publisher location||Reston, VA|
|Contributing office(s)||Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center|
|Other Geospatial||Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument|
|Online Only (Y/N)||N|
|Google Analytic Metrics||Metrics page|