Nebraska's rich fossil heritage is far too abundant for any museum exhibit hall to display. The Research Collections of the State Museum hold more than 1.5 million fossil specimens from every corner of Nebraska. This amazing scientific resource has been accumulated through more than 100 years of active collecting by Museum field crews and through donations by countless Nebraska citizens.
Nebraskans are proud of their natural heritage, and delight in learning about how their own hometowns and regions have contributed to our understanding of the geologic and life histories of the Great Plains. On these pages, we will highlight three fossils from each Nebraska county, and shed some light on their special places in the very ancient history of Nebraska.
Have sabertoothed cats ever roamed your neighborhood? Might you be walking over the remains of giant sea lizards that once swam where Main Street is now? Did mammoths and mastodons ever call your County home? Explore the Research Collections of the University of Nebraska State Museum and learn about some of the wonderful fossil treasures from your county!