Paleontology Lab

Saber tooth cat skull

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.  Fossils from this and other sites around the park are prepared in the Paleontology Lab in the Ben Reifel Visitor Center.


Paleontology Lab Opens May 26, 2015

The Fossil Preparation Lab will be open from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily from May 26 - September 18, 2015. Located in the Ben Reifel Visitor Center, this working paleontological laboratory gives visitors the chance to watch paleontologists at work and learn more about the scientific discoveries being made.


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