10 Discoveries Made in National Parks

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You might think of national parks as a nice place to see a geyser, or a big ol’ canyon, but over the past 100 years, US national parks have produced some of the biggest, oldest, deepest, and creepiest discoveries that have been made in this country!

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Channel islands oldest human remains
https://www.nps.gov/chis/learn/historyculture/arlington.htm
https://www.sbnature.org/crc/325.html

PeFo’s oldest dinosaur
http://articles.latimes.com/1985-05-16/news/mn-17370_1_dinosaur-bone
https://www.nps.gov/pefo/learn/news/gertieday2015.htm

Great Basin cave species
https://www.nps.gov/pwr/photosmultimedia/photogallery.htm?id=1E2A6ABD-155D-4519-3E19465E80E1B60A
https://www.nps.gov/grba/learn/nature/upload/2008%20Cave%20invert%20final%20report%20Taylor%20et%20al.pdf

Sequoia & KIngs Canyon Species
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/CALIFORNIA-27-new-species-unearthed-from-Sierra-2543060.php

Death Valley pupfish
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/life-in-death-valley-little-fish-big-splash/5055/

Hyperion: the tallest tree
http://www.npr.org/sections/krulwich/2011/04/08/135206497/the-worlds-tallest-tree-is-hiding-somewhere-in-california

Mammoth Cave discoveries
https://www.nps.gov/maca/learn/news/mammoth-cave-400-miles.htm
http://www.karstportal.org/FileStorage/CRF_Annual_Reports/2006-2007.pdf

Isle Royale
http://www.isleroyalewolf.org/sites/default/files/tech_pubs_files/Peterson1988.pdf
http://www.nap.edu/read/2028/chapter/4#37