During the Great Depression, Texas fossils fueled jobs. The Works Progress Administration – a program created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal – employed millions of workers nationwide, including thousands of Texans. Part of the program was led by the celebrated Texas geologist Elias Howard Sellards, director of UT Austin’s Bureau of Economic Geology. Between 1939-1941 he was tasked with leading workers across the state to collect vertebrate fossils.
These fossils don’t just tell the story of paleontology. They tell the story of Texas