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Heritage Resources

About Palaeontology

Palaeontology Program

The Yukon Palaeontology Program manages the territory's fossil resources. The program inventories and curates Yukon fossils and conducts research on Yukon’s ancient life and environments.

Yukon Palaeontology Program facilitates research by scientists from Yukon, the rest of Canada and abroad and is a repository for the fossils they collect.

The program is also involved in outreach and educational programs that include public lectures, classroom presentations, traveling fossil displays, scientific conferences and publications.

The fossil collection was established by the Government of Yukon in 1995 to address obligations under the Historic Resources Act (1991) and the Umbrella Final Agreement. The Palaeontology Program was also established to provide scientific expertise for the development and operation of the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre which opened its doors in 1997.

The Yukon Palaeontologist serves as the Expert Examiner for the exportation of all Yukon fossil remains (including fossil ivory) from Yukon under the Canadian federal Cultural Property Export and Import Act.

What's New


Recently Published




Ice Age Mammals of Yukon 

To help us celebrate the amazing ice age history here in Yukon we've released our newest palaeontology publication:

Free print copies are also available at Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre.

Contact Palaeontology Program

Grant Zazula
Yukon Palaeontologist 
Heritage Resources Unit
Cultural Services Branch
Department of Tourism & Culture
Government of Yukon
Phone: 1-867-667-8089
Toll free (In Yukon): 1-800-661-0408,  ext. 8089
Fax: 1-867-667-5377

Office Location
133A, Industrial Road
Whitehorse, Yukon

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 2703 (L-2A)
Whitehorse, Yukon
Y1A 2C6

Klondike Palaeontology Field Office
Elizabeth Hall
Assistant Palaeontologist
Cell: 1-867-332-8981
Field Office in Dawson City (September to May)
Whitehorse office: 1-867-332-8880 (September to May)