• Badlands formations against the blue sky; photo by Rikk Flohr

    Badlands

    National Park South Dakota

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Kylie's Fossil Find

Seven year old Kylie in the Badlands

Seven year old Kylie Ferguson found a rare saber tooth cat fossil in the Badlands

Tom Ferguson

In May 2010, a seven year girl named Kylie found a fossil near the visitor center at Badlands National Park. She did the right thing. She reported her find to rangers. It turned out to be an exceptionally rare and well-preserved saber tooth cat fossil. A survey of the area led to the discovery of additional fossil material. The area is now known as the Saber Site.

Teachers As your students learn about fossils, this nonfiction story will help them understand the science of paleontology and the importance of protecting our natural resources. Furthermore, they may be able to better identify with the real life story of another young student.

Kylie's Fossil Find Lesson Plan (51KB)
Kylie's Fossil Find PowerPoint (8.9MB)
Kylie's Fossil Find Script (38KB)
Kylie's Fossil Find Video (5 min)
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Did You Know?

The rich hue of the Yellow Mounds paleosols

The yellow and red layers in the badlands formations are fossilized soils, called paleosols. Fossil root traces, burrows, and animal bones found within the soils provide scientists with evidence of environmental and climatic changes that occurred in the badlands over time.