Dakota Midday: Dakotadon Like Rhino Sized Horse With A Beak

Oct 15, 2015

The Dakotadon fossil housed at the School of Mines was excavated in 1975. New research has now added to the understanding of the age of this fossil.
Credit Darrin Pagnac / SDSM&T

New research on a fossil discovered 40 years ago is adding to the understanding of a species of dinosaur that once roamed South Dakota.
The Dakotadon lakotaensis is a plant eating dinosaur that can be found in a layer of rock called the Lakota Formation.     If you live on the hogback ridge that circles the Black Hills, it’s likely you had them in your own yard between 110 and 130 million years ago. 

You can hear an interview with Darrin Pagnac, a Paleontologist at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology by clicking play below.