How a Supervolcano Made the Cenozoic’s Coolest Fossils

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One of the most dynamic, transformative, and potentially dangerous features in North America is also responsible for some of the continent’s most amazing fossil deposits. It’s a supervolcano we now call Yellowstone.

Thanks to Rick Otto and the Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park for their help with this episode!

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