North Dakota Geological Survey


Books & PDFs


The NDGS is happy to offer the start of a new series called the Paleo Primer. The first publication is a general introduction to paleontology. It includes explanations of common concepts and terminology, as well as experiments that can be done at home or school. These publications are being licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution - NonCommercial 4.0 International License. You are free to share (to copy, distribute, and transmit this work) for non-commercial purposes, as long as credit is given to NDGS.

Paleo Primer (large)      Paleo Primer (small)

NDGS Education Series 31. This special paleontology issue of North Dakota History is a joint effort of the State Historical Society of North Dakota and the North Dakota Geological Survey (NDGS). Written by NDGS paleontologist Dr. John Hoganson, this issue encapsulates a century of paleontological research done in North Dakota and is the first single-source publication to give an overview of life in our state during the past five hundred-plus million years. It also serves as a companion piece to the Adaptation Gallery: Geologic Time at the North Dakota Heritage Center, where many of the fossils described herein can be viewed.

Dinosaurs, Sharks, and Woolly Mammoths (large)      Dinosaurs, Sharks, and Woolly Mammoths (small)