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Paleoaerie provides professionally vetted information on Arkansas, fossils, evolution, the nature of science, as well as educational techniques and tools to teach them to educators of all types, their students, and the public at large. The site serves as a portal to web resources and provides periodic essays on evolutionary topics, book reviews, and notifications of events in and around Arkansas. Dinosaurs will play a prominent role due to their enormous popular appeal and can serve as a jumping off point to discuss a variety of biological topics.

dinofootWhy Paleoaerie? AERIE stands for Arkansas Educational Resource Initiative for Evolution. But talking about evolution without talking about fossils is somewhat like talking about teaching without ever seeing the inside of a classroom. Arkansas is not known for an abundance of fossils, but we actually have a diverse array of fossils, from microbes and plants to crinoids and trilobites to mastodons, mosasaurs, and yes, even dinosaurs. The study of fossils of course, is known as PALEOntology.

The image to the right is of the only known dinosaur found in Arkansas, as seen at the Arkansas Geological Survey.

The site is currently under construction and will be greatly improved and expanded as we progress. If you have any questions, suggestions, or would like to be kept informed about progress on the website, you can follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@paleoaerie), or send an email to paleoaerie@gmail.com.


3 Comments

  1. julie grant says:

    I have quite a few fossils I have acquired from my property in northern arkansas recently what is the best way to get help identifying them?

  2. paleoaerie says:

    Probably the best way would be to take some of them to a professional that could help you. If you are not too far from Little Rock, you could ask to see Angela Chandler at the Arkansas Geological Survey, Drs. Renee Shroat-Lewis or Jennifer Scott at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, or Joe Daniel at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. There are also Drs. Celina Suarez, Peter Ungar, and Walter Manger at UA Fayetteville. If you are closer to Conway, you could see Dr. Ben Waggoner at the University of Central Arkansas.

    But even before you go see them, you might try the Arkansas Geological Survey’s website, http://www.geology.ar.gov. Check out their fossil section and see if you see anything that looks similar to what you have. You may also want to try the Kentucky Geological Survey website. They have a very good fossil identification page that may be of use (http://www.uky.edu/KGS/fossils/fossilid.htm). You can also feel free to contact any of us through email and send us pictures. It is often very hard to identify fossils through pictures, but it might be a start.

    There are also several rock clubs around that may have people that are knowledgeable. There is one club in Cherokee Village that may have someone that can help.

    Good luck and let us know what you find!

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