Paleontology Field School

2020 Session: June 15 - July 10

Field Course Instructors

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.

Information on applications and scholarships below!

Thomas Bown


Geologist and Vertebrate Paleontologist

Kim Nichols

Assistant Teaching Professor

Biological Anthropologist

2020 Session: June 15 - July 10

Find more details on the 2020 field school schedule
and application process here. Then complete

your applications online!

Questions? Email Professor Kim Nichols at

Get applications in early!
Field school enrollment is limited!


Early Application Deadline (Preferred): BEFORE February 14, 2020
General Application: February 14, 2020
Last Chance Application: February 15 to May 1, 2020

Financial Aid

Anthropology Field School Scholarship

The Department of Anthropology will provide modest financial support for Colorado State University anthropology undergraduate and graduate students to support CSU Archaeology, Ethnographic, Land Change Science (Geography), or Paleontology Field School endeavors. Funds shall be used to help cover necessary expenses associated with field school costs including tuition and supplies. Scholarships are made on a competitive basis.

To be eligible for the scholarship, you must:

  1. be a full-time graduate or undergraduate student enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts,
  2. have an overall and in major 3.0 GPA,
  3. **must be enrolled in one of the anthropology field school courses:
  • Archaeology Field School: ANTH 260, ANTH 460/660 (summer course)
  • Ethnographic Field School for Risk and Disaster: ANTH 442 (summer course)
  • Land Change Science Field School: GR 382A (summer course)
  • Paleontology Field School: ANTH 470 (summer course)

**Students must apply to our field schools and be accepted into the course. Please contact the director of the field school of interest for more information.**

  1. and complete a one-page essay describing the chosen program of study, your interest in the specific program, how the completion of the program will further your career goals, and how you expect to be affected by participation in such work.

Applications are due March 31 by 11:59 p.m. MST. A committee appointed by the Department of Anthropology Chair shall select the recipient(s). Applicants will be informed of the selection by April 15.

Read about the 2018 scholarship recipients:

Out in the Field