Airport Workers Find Fossils At DFW

Steven Pickering
November 13, 2018 - 5:48 pm
DFW Fossil

DFW Airport


Employees of DFW Airport found fossils on the airport's property this month that are believed to date back more than 11,000 years. The items will be turned over to experts at SMU for further study.

The first fossils were discovered on November 2nd. "Two Environmental Affairs Department employees were out doing some routine testing," said DFW Airport Spokesperson Cynthia Vega, "and that's when they came up on a mammoth tooth, or pieces of a tooth." The workers called in a Paleontology professor from SMU to review their find.

More airport employees were in that same general area of the property on November 3rd for an emergency drill when they made another discovery. "While we were doing a Life Saver Exercise, the employees found what turned out to be a bison bone," said Vega. "It's just not common to find anything along those lines. It's a very unusual discovery. SMU has graciously accepted the offer to take on those bones for their collection."

The remains discovered this month may date back to the Ice Age, just over 11,000 years ago. They're not the first fossils discovered on the property of DFW Airport. During the airport's construction in the 1970's, crews unearthed the remains of a plesiosaur. The skeleton was restored by paleontologists at SMU and at one point was on display at the airport.