How a Supervolcano Made the Cenozoic’s Coolest Fossils

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  • Published on:  Wednesday, August 22, 2018
  • One of the most dynamic, transformative, and potentially dangerous features in North America is also responsible for some of the continent’s most amazing fossil deposits. It’s a supervolcano we now call Yellowstone.

    Thanks to Rick Otto and the Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park for their help with this episode!

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    References:
    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/300919200_The_geology_and_paleontology_of_Ashfall_Fossil_Beds_a_late_Miocene_Clarendonian_mass-death_assemblage_Antelope_County_and_adjacent_Knox_County_Nebraska_USA
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  • R M

    R M

     3 days ago +1

    I love this presenter.. She’s passionate about the topic and that makes it enjoyable to watch. Plus, tattoos..

  • dittbub

    dittbub

     3 days ago

    I feel so much better knowing Omaha will be greatly preserved for future archaeologists

  • kingpest13

    kingpest13

     6 days ago

    So I might get to be a fossil? At least my life will be of interest to someone.

  • Jim Brewer

    Jim Brewer

     7 days ago

    I was at Fairchild AFB just west of Spokane Washington when My. St. Helens blew Sunday May 18 1980 an experience I'll never forget as long as I live!

  • black pearl

    black pearl

     7 days ago

    It will cause little damage, because it's a surface Volcano, you can clearly see that.

  • Cpt. Archer

    Cpt. Archer

     14 days ago

    "Saying 'what kind of an idiot doesn't know about the Yellowstone supervolcano' is so much more boring than telling someone about the Yellowstone supervolcano for the first time." -Xkcd

  • M DB

    M DB

     14 days ago +1

    did the people of pompeii suffer the same way these animals did?

  • VEEJAYBAGO RAGEGAMER

    VEEJAYBAGO RAGEGAMER

     14 days ago

    No philippine caldera or crater was the largest caldera the apolaki crater lol GWR LOL

  • Depressed Hombre

    Depressed Hombre

     21 days ago

    9:00 thanks for telling me to be a sheepish fossilized ape

  • Ivars Vēza

    Ivars Vēza

     28 days ago

    Why i should feel better about so much deaths?

  • R. Ben Bahry

    R. Ben Bahry

     1 months ago

    I’m so envious! I’ve always wanted to see the archaeological site. I did a presentation about this but never had the chance to see it.

  • David Griffiths

    David Griffiths

     1 months ago

    Might not be evidence of a large herd. Only one example of it...there could be other causes, such as the ash fall itself, causing all rhinos to head for the water.

  • Radspakr

    Radspakr

     1 months ago

    "where did the ash come from?"
    Palet town of course

  • Andy Miron

    Andy Miron

     1 months ago

    Who is STEVE???

  • TheSoulFury

    TheSoulFury

     1 months ago

    futere palentologests HEY LOOK DEAD PEOPLE

  • Mike Oxlong

    Mike Oxlong

     1 months ago

    Fasuls

  • Funky Euphemism

    Funky Euphemism

     1 months ago

    If you ask me, all volcanoes are super.....

  • neomt2

    neomt2

     2 months ago

    It's ashing, it's falling...the old man is choking.. :/

  • NiX aKi

    NiX aKi

     2 months ago

    Evolution of the African Great Lakes

  • Navin Israni

    Navin Israni

     2 months ago

    What is Steve's obsession with his surname? What is he trying to hide?