Happy National Fossil Day
Fossils are a window into the past. They show us how ancient organisms lived and relate to each other. They also help us recreate scenes from the past, the players in a food web and the climate of a particular time and place. Today is National Fossil Day, and to celebrate, we’re looking at the Lubbock Lake National Historic Landmark.
This historical attraction currently serves as a field laboratory for geology, soils and radiocarbon dating studies, as well as being an active archaeological and natural history preserve where visitors can watch active archeological digs. Volunteers from around the world help with the ongoing excavations each summer, and locals have been known to volunteer, making the site accessible for non-scientists. In fact, Smithsonian Magazine recently named the Landmark as one of the top five destinations to see evidence of first Americans.
Inside the museum, visitors will see fossils, Native-American artifacts and displays about the history of the area. Excavations have uncovered the remains of several extinct animals: mammoth, two types of horse, camel, ancient bison, giant short-faced bear and giant pampathere (Imagine a 500 lb armadillo!).
- Address: 2401 Landmark Drive (north of Loop 289 and Clovis Highway)
- Phone: 806.742.1116
- Website: www.lubbocklake.musum.ttu.edu
- Hours: Tuesday – Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday from 1 – 5 p.m.
And if you’re interested in learning even more about West Texas history, Archeology Day is this weekend, and Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway (about 2 hours north of Lubbock) will be having a fair.
This Archeology Fair will pay tribute to the many different people who left behind evidence of their culture including Paleo-Indians, historic Native Americans, Comancheros, the Santa Fe Expedition of 1841 and so much more! Various demonstrations, exhibits, programs and lectures will be held, so don’t miss one of the best ways to experience 10,000 years of history!