Near Interior in Jackson County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The discovery of this specimen led to the golden age of paleontology in North America. After acquiring this fossil from fur traders, Dr. Hiram Prout wrote about it in 1846. His description captured the attention of scientists. At that time, vertebrate paleontology , the study of ancient creatures with a backbone, was a young science. Many began to do further field work on fossils from the western United States.
Titanotheres ate leafy plants and thrived in the warm, subtropical climate. Their family lineage became extinct as climate and habitats changed. Rock layers younger than the Chadron Formation show no evidence of titanothere fossils in the park.
These huge herbivores resemble modern rhinoceroses but were from a different family. All titanotheres became extinct around 34 million years ago. Many titanthere fossils have been found in this area.
Erected by Badlands National Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 43° 46.323′ N, 102° 0.22′ W. Marker is near Interior, South Dakota, in Jackson County. Marker is on State Highway 240. Touch for map. This marker is part of the Fossil Trail
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. See Ya Later, Alligator (a few steps from this marker); Under the Sea (a few steps from this marker); Off to the Races (a few steps from this marker); What a Find! (within shouting distance of this marker); Dying to Become a Fossil (within shouting distance of this marker); Fight for Survival (within shouting distance of this marker); Bands of Time (within shouting distance of this marker); It's a Dog's Life (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Interior.
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Also see . . . Badlands National Park. (Submitted on January 21, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota.)
Additional keywords. Titanothere fossils
Categories. • Environment • Paleontology • Parks & Recreational Areas •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 22, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 21, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 97 times since then and 3 times this year. Last updated on January 22, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 21, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.