- Associated Press - Sunday, May 1, 2016

ROYAL, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska Game and Parks Commission officials say Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park will open Tuesday for its 25th anniversary season.

The 360-acre park in northeast Nebraska is home to the fossilized skeletons of prehistoric animals, including birds, rhinos, camels and three-toed horses, preserved by nature where volcanic ash killed them 12 million years ago.

Visitors can watch as paleontologists uncover new fossils in the 17,500-square-foot Hubbard Rhino Barn. There are museum exhibits in the visitor center.

The park sits two miles west and six miles north of Royal. Admission is $5, with children 2 and under are admitted free. Valid Nebraska State Park permits are required for vehicles and can be purchased there.

Call 402-893-2000 or visit https://www.ashfall.unl.edu for more information.

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