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 once the preparation is complete.
Adopt one for yourself or in honor of someone else! Jacket adoptions make great gifts!
Please note: fossil preparation is on hold during field season from June-September, any jackets adopted during this time will be prepared in the fall.
- Paleo staff will select a small jacket from a past fossil public fossil dig to prepare in your honor!
- Paleo staff will select a medium jacket from a past fossil public fossil dig to prepare in your honor!
- Paleo staff will select a large jacket from a past fossil public fossil dig to prepare in your honor!
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!
Mosasaur Jacket – Pembina Gorge
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.
Croc Jacket – Whiskey Creek
- Sponsor the preparation of a exquisitely preserved crocodile skull from the now closed Whiskey Creek site in Theodore Roosevelt National Park.