Near Interior in Jackson County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
What a Find!
Your fossil discovery begins a scientific process. Every detail is important, even the area around the find. A fossil and its surroundings reveal what types of plants and animals existed and how they lived, died, and changed.
The layer of rock containing a fossil can provide clues about things like climate change. Badlands fossils are often exposed after rainstorms because the land erodes easily. If you find a fossil, please do not disturb it. Note the location and report it to a park ranger.
Visitor site Report
Please take a Visitor Site Report with you as you hike. You can get a form at the Ben Reifel Visitor Center or at the park entrance stations. If you find a fossil fill out the form and give it to a ranger.
Discover and Document
If you see a fossil, please do not disturb it. Its location provides important information. You can help with the scientific discovery process by taking a photograph, noting the location and filling out a Visitor Site Report. You can pick up a report at the Ben Reifel Visitor Center or a park entrance statin.
Give your Visitor Site Report to a park ranger. The ranger will give them to the park's paleontologists for further investigation. Please provide contact information so we can request copies of photographs you may have taken.
One of the park's paleontologists will use your Visitor Site Report to investigate the new fossil and its surroundings. These discovers made by visitors like you increase our knowledge and paint a vivid picture of life in the Badlands millions of years ago.
Erected by Badlands National Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Environment • Paleontology • Parks & Recreational Areas.
Location. 43° 46.337′ N, 102° 0.195′ W. Marker is near Interior, South Dakota, in Jackson County. Marker is on State Highway 240. This marker is part of the Fossil Trail Exhibit. The Fossil Trail Exhibit is located 5 miles west of the Ben Reifel Visitor Center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Interior SD 57750, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bands of Time (here, next to this marker); Under the Sea (within shouting distance of this marker); Titanic Discovery (within shouting distance of this marker); See Ya Later, Alligator (within shouting distance of this marker); Off to the Races (within shouting distance of this marker); A 75-Million-Year Walk (within shouting distance of this marker); Fight for Survival (within shouting distance of this marker); Dying to Become a Fossil (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Interior.
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 23, 2018. It was originally submitted on January 21, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 104 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 21, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.