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Burke Museum Curator of Paleobotany Dr. Caroline Stömberg shares how paleobotany, the study of fossil plants, can teach us about past environments and climates, and help us to better predict what the future might look like.

Learn about the geologic history of the Seattle area and some of the surprising fossils found right in the Burke's backyard.

A new study documents the earliest-known fossil evidence of any primate. 

Take a trip around Washington state and learn about fossils and ancient life from two paleontological sites featured in our new exhibit, Cruisin’ the Fossil Coastline!

Celebrate the Cruisin' the Fossil Coastline special exhibit with these activities, videos, and virtual events.

Join Ray Troll, Kirk Johnson, and the Burke Museum for a live celebration of the Cruisin' the Fossil Coastline temporary exhibit.

A new study by Burke Museum paleontologists finds the earliest evidence of mammal social behavior that goes back to the Age of the Dinosaurs.

Celebrate National Fossil Day with us!

While fossils give us a peek into what long extinct species left behind, paleoartists show us what these species were like while they still roamed the earth.