Parents Guide

Dinosaurs Fossils and Adventures ( is an on-line paleontology and fossils website that is intended for young people of ages 8 to 18 and their parents. The purpose of this website is to address some of the scientific interests of students who are curious about paleontology, fossils and animal and plant life of the geologic past.
Mission Statement: To provide periodic online news and information about paleontology and fossils and preshistoric life to a young audience.

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I am a geologist and paleontologist and I started the  website in December of 2014 (David Wilcots, P.G.).   I have loved learning about prehistoric life since I was four years old.  A brief bio' is provided in the Welcome tab of this website. At various times myself or another paleontologist will present a new; feature photo set, video, interview, illustration(s), fieldwork, a dig, expedition, museum exhibit visit, paleontology convention, and/or paleontology news on this website.  Much of the information will be from my paleontological research and fieldwork. The website also includes :

  • Feature articles.

  • Photos, videos and interviews

  • Teachers Guide and Lesson Plan (at cost)

  • E-mail Access to  “Ask a Paleontologist”   

To aid parents in addressing their child’s interests, DFA has provided a list of over 250 museums and interpretive centers that have fossil exhibits and/or dinosaur reconstructions.  The list also includes some fossil hunting/digging locations.  The list can be found in the Learning Center tab of this website.  Please note that most parks do not allow fossil collecting.  Prior to visiting these venues it is advisable to call ahead of time to confirm rules and hours of operation.

Learning about ancient life through fossils is fun and exciting.  However, when searching for fossils in the field, make sure that permission(s) to collect have been secured.  Also make sure that appropriate measures are taken for potential hazards such as; heat, cold, climate, rain, snow, sun, rough terrain, surfaces, slopes, loose rocks, falling rocks, holes, slippage, water bodies, mud, footing, wildlife, vegetation, insects, snakes, traffic patterns, vehicles, streets, road conditions, utilities, food availability, allergies and all surroundings, etc.  Make sure you and the young people wear weather appropriate clothing and terrain/weather appropriate footwear.  Wear protective clothing and protective gear.  Use good judgment and most importantly, be Safe.

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