Yale Peabody Museum Summer Internships

Paleontological Fieldwork and Collections Experience

Petrified Forest National Park, AZ

Advisor: Marilyn Fox with Christopher Norris and Prof. Jacques Gauthier


Length: 2-4 weeks, mid-May to mid-June, opportunity to extend into academic year


Project Description:

The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History's Division of Vertebrate Paleontology carries on the long tradition of mounting an expedition to the American West every year, lately to Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona. Interns will work with experienced staff, former and current Yale graduate and undergraduate students, and volunteers to uncover Triassic (225 million year old) fossils in the beautiful Painted Desert. We have uncovered animals such as phytosaurs (animals that look and lived like modern day crocodiles but are not closely related), aetosaurs (crocodile relatives that looked like 12 foot long armored tanks) and tiny, tiny bones of an as yet unidentified animal. If the student is interested, work can continue in the fall semester back in the Peabody Museum to help prepare, curate and conserve the fossils collected. The team camps out in the wilderness areas within the Park and hikes to the field sites. Students should have some outdoor experience – hiking and camping are a plus – as well as hiking boots, appropriate clothing and camping equipment, although extra camping equipment may be available. We will plan a field meeting with all local participants before the end of the semester.



Hotels during travel$200
Bus travel, food during travel to the Petrified Forest$100
NOTE: all food during field work will be covered 


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