Near Wall in Jackson County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Fight for Survival
Fossils can reveal how animals lived and died, and what their environment was like. Evidence from one of the park's nimravid fossils offers crime-scene clues. The size and location of the holes in the forehead of this fossil match the knife-like teeth of another large nimravid.
This image was created from a CT scan of a different nimravid fossil from the Badlands. Bite marks show evidence of an attack by another nimravid.
Nimravids resembled large saber-tooth cats, but they are from a different family, now extinct.
Erected by Badlands National Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 43° 46.336′ N, 102° 0.246′ W. Marker is near Wall, South Dakota, in Jackson County. Marker is on State Highway 240. 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: Wall SD 57790, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dying to Become a Fossil (here, next to this marker); It's a Dog's Life (within shouting distance of this Reading the Rocks (within shouting distance of this marker); Off to the Races (within shouting distance of this marker); See Ya Later, Alligator (within shouting distance of this marker); Titanic Discovery (within shouting distance of this marker); Under the Sea (within shouting distance of this marker); What a Find! (within shouting distance of this marker).
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.)
Additional keywords. Nimravid 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 85 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 21, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.