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Michigan Backyard Fossils


The Michigan (MI) Backyard Fossils Identification Guide is now live! 

This interactive guide will help you identify some of the fossils you may find around Michigan with identification tips, photographs, and even 3D models for you to explore!

This guide is split into six fossil categories; fossil shells, corals, trilobites, sea lilies, plants, and teeth & bone. The guide is hosted on UMORF (University of MI Online Repository of Fossils). Click the button below to get started!

If after using the guide you still are having trouble identifying your fossil, no worries! You can email us at with a description and pictures of your find. If you are sending pictures, including an item for scale like a ruler or a quarter is very helpful.