This week students from across the country attended the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology’s Fossils Camp, a weeklong experience that explores different South Dakota paleontological sites and finds, reports the Rapid City Journal. This year, about 20 campers participated in the program, which costs just under $1,000 for the week.
The high school students visited the Badlands, Hot Springs’ Mammoth Site, Mines’ labs, and fossil sites on a Black Hills ranch during the weeklong camp. Paleontology faculty Darrin Pagnac, who specializes in vertebrate fossils, oversaw their visit to Hot Springs.
Campers reside in the SDSM&T dorms with undergraduate supervision and are fully invested in the pursuit of paleontological research. Some were lucky enough to find their own specimens while exploring South Dakota’s Badlands, and many were eager to question researchers at the Mammoth Site.
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