Paleontology Field School


Wyoming’s Bighorn Basin holds fossil-bearing sediments that date back to a time well before dinosaurs up through the Age of Mammals. Its early Cenozoic strata contain the ancestors of modern mammals – including the first artiodactyls (even-toed ancestors of deer, hippos, etc), the first perissodactyls (odd-toed ancestors of horses, rhinos, etc), the first rodents, and – importantly – the first true primates, Adapoidea and Omomyoidea.


Based out of Greybull, Wyoming, students will learn how to identify fossil localities, map sections, and collect vertebrate fossils from the earliest Eocene beds in the Bighorn Basin in which extinct primates are known, and how to prospect for new fossil-bearing localities. We are excited to offer this new opportunity for our students.


Field Course Instructors

Kim Nichols, Biological Anthropologist

Dr. Tom Bown, Geologist and Vertebrate Paleontologist


Out in the Field

Check out photos from the 2015 field school.


No Longer Accepting Applications for

2016 Session: June 13 - July 9

Please email Kim Nichols at for more information.

Check back during Fall Term for information on the 2017 session.