This list of fossil sites is a worldwide list of localities known well for the presence of fossils. Some entries in this list are notable for a single, unique find, while others are notable for the large number of fossils found there. Many of the entries in this list are considered Lagerstätten (sedimentary deposits that exhibits extraordinary fossils with exceptional preservation—sometimes including preserved soft tissues). Lagerstätten are indicated by a note ([Note 1]) in the noteworthiness column.
Fossils may be found either associated with a geological formation or at a single geographic site. Geological formations consist of rock that was deposited during a specific period of time. They usually extend for large areas, and sometimes there are different important sites in which the same formation is exposed. Such sites may have separate entries if they are considered to be more notable than the formation as a whole. In contrast, extensive formations associated with large areas may be equivalently represented at many locations. Such formations may be listed either without a site, with a site or sites that represent the type locality, or with multiple sites of note. When a type locality is listed as the site for a formation with many good outcrops, the site is flagged with a note ([Note 2]). When a particular site of note is listed for an extensive fossil-bearing formation, but that site is somehow atypical, it is also flagged with a note ([Note 3]).
Many formations are for all practical purposes only studied at a single site, and may not even be named. For example, sites associated with hominin, particularly caves, are frequently not identified with a named geologic formation. Therefore, some sites are listed without an associated formation.
List of sites
- This site and/or formation is considered a Lagerstätte.
- This site is an example or type locality for an extensive fossil-bearing formation.
- This site occurs within a widespread fossil bearing formation, but is noteworthy for additional reasons not typical of that formation.
- Dawn of Humanity (2015 PBS film)
- Fossil collecting – collecting fossils to study, collect or sell
- Fossil park
- Human timeline – Hominin events for the last 10 million years
- Jurassic Coast – World Heritage Site on the coast of southern England
- Lagerstätte – Sedimentary deposit that exhibits extraordinary fossils with exceptional preservation
- Lists of dinosaur-bearing stratigraphic units – Wikipedia list article
- List of fossil parks around the world
- List of fossil parks in India
- List of human evolution fossils – list article
- Malapa Fossil Site, Cradle of Humankind
- Mary Anning – British fossil collector, dealer, and paleontologist
- Nature timeline – Universe events since the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago
- Paleontology – The scientific study of life prior to roughly 11,700 years ago
- Amateur geology, also known as Rockhounding
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