Are USGS paleontological data sets available or viewable online?

Not yet. That is our goal. Presently, one can view brief descriptions of the collections.

Some fossil photos can be viewed and downloaded from the USGS Photographic Library. Also, fossil photos can be seen as published plates within many online USGS publications. Visit the USGS Publications Warehouse to search for publications. The best keywords for searches are author names, such as William Cobban, Norm Silberling, and Glenn Scott.