ANTH 470 - Paleontology Field School

  • 4 credits

Join the CSU Paleontology Field School (ANTH 470), gain hands-on paleontological field experience, and earn 4 credits this summer!

Course Specifics:

June 12-June 16 – CSU Fort Collins, Clark Bldg., Rm. C249
Monday-Friday – 11:00 am-2:00 pm

June 18-June 24 – Bighorn Basin, Wyoming
Sunday, June 18 – 7:00 am – pack CSU vans and depart to Greybull KOA Camp, Wyoming
Monday-Saturday – 9:00 am-4:30 pm – daily field paleontology – Bighorn Basin, Wyoming
After Dinner – nightly field accession
Day Trip – Thermopolis Dinosaur Museum

June 25-July 1 – Bighorn Basin, Wyoming
Sunday-Saturday – 9:00 am-4:30 pm – daily field paleontology – Bighorn Basin, Wyoming
After Dinner – nightly field accession
Day Trip – Cody Buffalo Bill Museum Complex

July 2-July 7 – CSU Fort Collins, Paleontology Field School Lab, GSB 347
Sunday, July 2 – 7:00 am – pack CSU vans and depart to CSU Fort Collins – everyone moves fossils and field equipment into Paleo Field School Lab
Monday, July 3 – 11:00 am-5:00 pm – full-day fossil processing – mandatory attendance
Tuesday, July 4 – holiday – day off
Wednesday-Friday – 10:00 am-5:00 pm – daily, mandatory 4-hour minimum of 2 hours fossil preparation and 2 hours field report preparation

July 10 – field report deadline
Monday, July 10 – 11:59 pm – electronic submission at course website

This course can be applied toward:


ANTH 120 (Human Origins and Variation) or BZ 110 (Principles of Animal Biology) or LIFE 102 (Attributes of Living Systems). Admission to this field course requires instructor permission based upon submission of a Paleontology Field School application. Please contact the course instructor for application information at Contact instructor to request an override.

Important Information

Please contact Brenda Avery for full information about applying at (970) 491-5447 or


Kim Nichols

(970) 491-5447 |

Kim Nichols was born in Nuremberg, Germany and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, California. Her undergraduate education at the University of California at Santa Cruz included extensive participation in nonhuman primate anatomical research, casework experience in forensic anthropology, and archaeological research at the State of California Mission Santa Cruz site.

Her graduate education at the University of Colorado at Boulder included field research on howling monkey locomotor behaviors in Costa Rica. In addition, she participated in primate paleontological field research at sites in Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, and in the Fayum Depression in Egypt.

Additionally, she has studied primate skeletal and dental variation in museum collections in Washington DC, New York City, and Chicago, Illinois. Kim's current research interest is in nonhuman primate skeletal dimension variation in captive and wild populations and implications for the interpretation of reproductive pathways in extinct primate species.