Near Interior in Jackson County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Under the Sea
Ammonite fossils found in the park are evidence that this area was under water 75 million years ago. Some ammonites could grow to more that three feet across and served as a food source for giant mosasaurs and other predators.
The Western Interior Seaway once split North America in half. In some places, this vast inland sea was 2,500 feet deep and 600 miles wide.
As the sea receded, ammonites could no longer survive in this area. Ammonites are relatives of octopuses and squid but with coiled shell over their bodies. All ammonites went extinct 65.5 million years ago.
Erected by Badlands National Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 43° 46.325′ N, 102° 0.212′ W. Marker is near Interior, South Dakota, in Jackson County. Marker is on State Highway 234. Touch for map. This marker is part of the Fossil Trail Exhibit. The Fossil Trail Exhibit is located 5 miles west of the Ben Reifel Visitor Center. Marker is in this post office area: Interior SD 57750, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Titanic Discovery (a few steps from this marker); See Ya Later, Alligator Off to the Races (a few steps from this marker); What a Find! (within shouting distance of this marker); Bands of Time (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); It's a Dog's Life (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Interior.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
Also see . . . Badlands National Park. (Submitted on January 21, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota.)
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 78 times since then. 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.