“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Crawford in Dawes County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Africa in Nebraska

Africa in Nebraska Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Connor Olson, May 24, 2021
1. Africa in Nebraska Marker
Toadstool’s Trackway
Imagine miniature rhinos, pig-like animals, giant tortoises, and tiny horses traveling the plains before you. These are just a few of the animals that came here to hunt, rest, and drink from the wide shallow river, leaving their prints in the sandbars and shores.

The Golden Age of Mammals
The Eocene and Oligocene geologic epochs - The Golden Age of Mammals - are magnificiently preserved here. The White River Group represents the "type section," or geologic standard, for rocks during this time. Scientists from all over the world come here to study the fossils and trackways contained within the ancient rock, as well as the geologic history that shaped the land and supported life.

African Savanna Here?
Toadstool Geologic Park captures a slice of life when Nebraska resembled the savannahs of Africa and supported an abundance of wildlife. In time, these animals became extinct, or evolved into modern species, including zebras, camels, horses, and rhinoceroses, after migrating to Africa.

Note the trackways created

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by prehistoric animals in this photo. As the softer deposits eroded underneath the tracks, the trackway broke and fell into the ravine. The majority of these tracks were made by the subhyracodon. Tracks from hyrachodons, enteledonts, and stylemys with a scattering of cat tracks can also be found.
All fossil collecting in the Toadstool Special Interest Area is prohibited by law and subject to fines and penalties. Collection of vertebrate fossils outside of Toadstool on public lands is also prohibited.

Erected by Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsPaleontology.
Location. 42° 51.476′ N, 103° 35.048′ W. Marker is near Crawford, Nebraska, in Dawes County. Marker is on Forest Road 902, 1.4 miles west of Toadstool Road, on the right when traveling west. The marker stands in Toadstool Geologic Park and Campground. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Harrison NE 69346, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Landscape in Layers (here, next to this marker); Grassroots (here, next to this marker); Toadstool (here, next to this marker); The Innovation of Early Homesteaders (about
Kiosk displaying the marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Connor Olson, May 24, 2021
2. Kiosk displaying the marker
400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Yellow Hand Monument (approx. 8.6 miles away); Battle of Warbonnet Creek Monument (approx. 8.8 miles away); Fighting in the Buttes (approx. 13.7 miles away); Officers’ Row, 1909 (approx. 14.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Crawford.
Rhino Trackway image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Connor Olson, May 25, 2021
3. Rhino Trackway
Credits. This page was last revised on June 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 2, 2021, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 244 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 2, 2021, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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