Curious about the geologic formations of Badlands National Park? Check out this article to learn more.
What holds up Badlands peaks? Clastic dikes! These geologic structures have puzzled scientists and visitors alike. Learn more here!
Why do some parts of the prairie stand above the rest? Read this article to learn more about what sod tables are and how they got there.
Revisiting The 1940 Badlands Expedition
People have been finding Badlands fossils for hundreds of years. Learn more about the history of paleontology in this area here.
The Big Pig Dig took 15 field seasons and recovered over 19,000 fossils. Read more about this excavation and its story here.
Mosasaurs were marine reptiles that used to live in the Badlands area when it was covered by a shallow sea. Learn more about them here.
Brontotheres are the largest fossil mammals found in the Badlands. Learn more about these ancient "thunder beasts" in this article.
Oreodonts are one of the most common Badlands fossils. Millions of years ago, herds of oreodonts would have grazed in the Badlands area.
Nimravid, a cat-like creature, is one of the few carnivore fossils found in the Badlands. Learn more about this ancient mammal here.
Last updated: April 16, 2021
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