For the staff at NDGS Paleontology, the fossil fun continues long after the dig season has ended! During the digs, fossil discoveries are wrapped in plaster and burlap “jackets” to protect them during transport back to the lab. Once in the lab, they are carefully opened and prepared for research or display.

We’re looking for your help in preparing fossils collected from the NDGS Paleontology Public Fossil Dig program!

Proceeds from adopt-a-fossil-jacket donations help us cover fossil preparation time, lab supplies, and a preparation intern. All jacket adoptions include a certificate of adoption, email updates on the preparation progress, and shout-outs on social media. 

Adopt one for yourself or in honor of someone else! Jacket adoptions make great gifts! 

Small Jacket

$50

  • Paleo staff will select a small jacket from a past fossil public fossil dig to prepare in your honor! 

18 remaining

Medium Jacket

$100

  • Paleo staff will select a medium jacket from a past fossil public fossil dig to prepare in your honor! 

12 remaining

Large Jacket

$250

  • Paleo staff will select a large jacket from a past fossil public fossil dig to prepare in your honor!

7 remaining

U-Pick Jacket

$50-$500

Did you find a special fossil in the field? Want to see your fossil prepared by staff paleontologists? With this option you get to choose a specific fossil/jacket to be prepared. 

Email Us for a Quote! 

ndpaleofriends@gmail.com

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Mosasaur Jacket – Pembina Gorge

$500

Be a part of scientific history and sponsor the preparation of a mosasaur fossil from our Pembina Gorge public fossil dig. Early field IDs suggest this may be a NEW SPECIES.

SOLD!!!

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Croc Jacket – Whiskey Creek

$500

  • Sponsor the preparation of a exquisitely preserved crocodile skull from the now closed Whiskey Creek site in Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

1 remaining