National Fossil Day - October
Wed, Oct 12, 2022

National Fossil Day

National Fossil Day is celebrated annually on the second week of October, this year the holiday fell on the 12th. Various kinds of fossils are not just curious and interesting to consider, they also prove the existence of animals that lived on our planet hundreds and thousands of years ago. In fact, thanks to fossils, it is possible to look at the life that no longer exists on earth. All the finds of archaeologists, most of which are fossils, deserve to be preserved and studied.


The first National Fossil Day was held on October 13, 2010 during Earth Science Week. It was held to celebrate the scientific value of the fossils. 270 partners and the National Park Service have organized this event in the USA. Thus, the public had the opportunity to better understand the world’s heritage through fossils.

For each event, a new National Fossil Day logo is created, which depicts prehistoric organisms. The original logo featured a titanothere.

Interesting facts

In honor of this national day, we can recall some interesting facts:

  • in the 1840s, the first remains proving the existence of Neanderthals were discovered;
  • in 1902, researchers found evidence of the existence of the Tyrannosaurus Rex, better known as the T-Rex;
  • in 1974, the remains of a female hominin were found: scientists claim that she is 3,5 million years old. She was given the name “Lucy”.

How to celebrate

You can thank the paleontologists. If you have such acquaintances involved in excavations, then ask him to tell you about the excavations in more detail. You can go on a tour of the museum. The National Park Service annually organizes this holiday together with universities, museums and other organizations on this day. You can go to classes, attend an outdoor event, where they tell a lot of interesting things about this holiday.

When is National Fossil Day celebrated in 2022?

National Fossil Day is observed on the Wednesday of the second full week in October each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Wednesday October 12 2022
Wednesday October 11 2023
Wednesday October 16 2024
Wednesday October 15 2025
Wednesday October 14 2026

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