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Ichthyosaur Fossil

Petroglyphs in Overton


The State of Nevada was once under the ocean 225 million years ago. Sea creatures such as Ichthyosaurs actually swam over these deserts, terrain that now looks like dry ocean bottom. A large Ichthyosaur fossil can be viewed today at the Springs Preserve Nevada State Museum in Las Vegas.

The Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park north of Las Vegas contains a mining town built in the 1890s that is preserved in a state of arrested decay. A true Nevada ghost town, many of Berlin’s original buildings remain and some of its original residents are interred in the town’s cemetery. The park is home to the most abundant concentration, and largest known remains, of Ichthyosaurs that are protected and displayed at the park’s Fossil House.

In the picturesque town of Overton, Nevada, located at the north end of Lake Mead, history buffs today can view petroglyphs made by the Anasazi, prehistoric users of the Valley of Fire State Park area. These ancient peoples were farmers from the nearby fertile Moapa Valley. Their approximate occupation in this area has been dated from 300 BC to 1150 AD. Fine examples of their rock art can be found at several sites within the park.




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