Fossil Hunting in the BADLANDS!

  • Published on Sep 22, 2018
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    On this episode of Beyond Dinosaurs, Coyote and the crew head to Hill City, South Dakota, and team up with renowned paleontologist Peter Larson to explore the Badlands by hunting for fossils at a top-secret dig location! In Part 2 of their fossil adventure, the crew splits up to see if anyone can find the elusive Saber Tooth cat skull during their fossil hunting!
    Will Mark, Mario, or Coyote find the skull?! Get ready for some FOSSIL HUNTING in the BADLANDS!
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Comments • 3 957

  • EZ's Boys
    EZ's Boys 3 years ago +12

    This looks like so much fun!

  • Roach Dogg JR
    Roach Dogg JR 2 years ago +118

    Huge respects to Pete. It's incredible how he can identify the bone and the species just by looking a small fragment that looks more like a rock than anything else.

  • The CTH13
    The CTH13 3 years ago +357

    “Biggest bone goes to Mario” summons my 13 year old side to laugh.

  • j e
    j e 3 years ago +87

    the scientist is like a genius. The amount of working knowledge he has is amazing

    • koninkrijk
      koninkrijk 11 months ago

      @Glitch Reflex HAHAHA......

    • Glitch Reflex
      Glitch Reflex 11 months ago +1


    • koninkrijk
      koninkrijk Year ago


    • j e
      j e Year ago +1

      @koninkrijk My comment was not aimed at describing his professional career. Rather I referred to him by a title that would allow a reader of the original comment to understand who I was referring to as he was the scientist that was featured in the video. But yes I agree hes a paleontologist, which is a less vague description.

    • koninkrijk
      koninkrijk Year ago

      Well there are many types of scientists Biologists, Pathologists, Psychologists, Archaeologists, and Paleontologists go into one scientific group but I might be thinking for example, you saying Pete Larson a scientist I might be thinking what type of scientist? So to be certain it's a Paleontologist.

  • Tired Momma
    Tired Momma 3 years ago +6

    I've been to the Badlands before when I was much younger. It was a fun visit! Wish I still had the pics my mom took to show you. Would be cool to visit the area again.

  • Eclipse_Nøva
    Eclipse_Nøva 3 years ago +1795

    Man, that's got to be an amazing experience. Hunting for fossils in the badlands has always been one of my dreams. Heck, maybe someday I'll be able to do at as well, but in the meantime, it's really cool watching you guys do it, Coyote, Mark, and Mario. Thanks for giving us this awesome video!

    • Eclipse_Nøva
      Eclipse_Nøva 7 days ago

      @MeargleSchmeargle Facts

    • MeargleSchmeargle
      MeargleSchmeargle 7 days ago +1

      @Eclipse_Nøva 'tis what happens when you're a Paleontology nerd and like videos such as this.

    • Eclipse_Nøva
      Eclipse_Nøva 8 days ago

      @MeargleSchmeargle How are there still people commenting here? xD

    • MeargleSchmeargle
      MeargleSchmeargle 8 days ago +1

      Well if you know how to navigate the scientific literature, you can find some pretty good fossil hunting spots a lot closer than you might think.

    • Ko-wing wong
      Ko-wing wong 18 days ago +1

      Come do it in Drumheller Canada. It is literally the best dinosaur fossil hunting zone in the world.

  • Llama Guy
    Llama Guy 2 years ago +26

    Coyote losing him mind finding fossils and mario is just like “cool... old bone thing”

  • Bowlingboy69
    Bowlingboy69 3 years ago +2

    Bad land lands is truly amazing. I went there a few years ago and it was awesome.

  • Devin
    Devin 3 years ago +12

    this is so cool !!! Please do more of these . Or make it to a Series

  • StealthyDead
    StealthyDead 3 years ago +8

    This man's IMMEDIATE knowledge of every single last tiny piece of bone you brought him was ASTOUNDING to see. Truly an encyclopedia of archaeological data.

  • Jenn 1234
    Jenn 1234 3 years ago +2

    Good job guys!! I would love to do something like this someday 😃

  • Vule xD
    Vule xD 3 years ago +13

    I think Coyote's stuff was the best. Individually the rhino bone was the coolest though.

  • suzi perret
    suzi perret Year ago +1

    All of the specimens were cool! Thanks guys for your enthusiasm!....and expertise!

  • Troy DT
    Troy DT 3 years ago +40

    I can just imagine someone having a picnic, throwing away chicken bones 😱

    • extremely fungible token
      extremely fungible token Year ago +9

      You know I went to a public park on day and I found a bone next to a creek and I was like 7 so I thought it was like a *special bone of some sort*, then I showed my mom...
      It was a recently eaten chicken leg ;-;

    • Kayrie's World01
      Kayrie's World01 2 years ago +3

      People from the future finding them Omg a fosdil

    • Kayrie's World01
      Kayrie's World01 2 years ago +3


    • comically froh
      comically froh 2 years ago +5

      i have planned to save up bones i ate and then bury them later

  • JC Holmanation
    JC Holmanation 3 years ago +889

    It blows my mind how Pete can look at a little bone and tell them not only what it is but the Latin name for the animal too.

    • Bill Robbins
      Bill Robbins 8 months ago

      Sabertooth canine would be great find.

    • cubby_go
      cubby_go 9 months ago

      He’s prob been working with em for decades

    • Tim Thompson
      Tim Thompson 11 months ago

      JC Holmanation. Learn English, you should be banned from Canada/USA.

    • Imran Ullah
      Imran Ullah Year ago

      @DEERHUNTERCOPE hey mister how how !!!

      DEERHUNTERCOPE 3 years ago

      I believe some of these are scripted...

  • DaPoodleFloof
    DaPoodleFloof 3 years ago +3

    I love this! It showed me how to hunt for fossils, and help me on my way to becoming a palaeontologist!

  • Abbey Mosteller
    Abbey Mosteller 3 years ago +592

    Me: *cant even find the ketchup in the fridge*
    Coyote: *finds a tiny white bone in a white rock *

  • Fjord Rainne
    Fjord Rainne 2 years ago +4

    They are all amazing! My favorite is probably the saber tooth though :D

    • nooby
      nooby Year ago

      same its cool!

  • Toaster
    Toaster 2 years ago +9

    Fossil hunting is my favorite. I have quite a collection myself but I would love to explore the Badlands. Please post more videos of fossil hunting coyote!

  • Asylum
    Asylum 3 years ago +768

    would have been cool if you added pictures of the animal that the professor identified

  • Otto von Wolf
    Otto von Wolf 3 years ago +1

    I was very impressed with Pete's ability to identify the species of every fossil fragment they found. I wonder how much time they spent off camera trying to identify all of these. Or if there was even much at all. Either way I think that's incredible.

  • I Dunoh
    I Dunoh 3 years ago +4

    This would be my favorite thing to do like ever! I live in east Kansas, all we have out here are simple byrozoans, seashells, and crinoids and here you guys are saying a lot of these vertebrate fossils are not worth keeping. I would keep every last bit if I could. 😂

  • LudwigVanMichael
    LudwigVanMichael 3 years ago +2

    This is super interesting, one of the coolest episodes, Pete knows so much about fossiles, its incredible. Good job you were all fantastic.

  • Tsaihung Yang
    Tsaihung Yang 11 months ago +1

    A question, how come jawbones and teeth fossilize so well?

  • Kled Beast
    Kled Beast 3 years ago +105

    Nice video dude, i watched almost every single video that you have posted.
    Keep up the good work and stay WILD!

  • Logan Park
    Logan Park 3 years ago +279

    i tried all day in me backyard and...FOUND A BOTTLE CAP!!!!

    • Logan Park
      Logan Park 7 months ago

      Update: the bottle cap was sold at auction for a total of $1,000,000,000,000

    • respect
      respect 9 months ago

      That's a good fing

    • Ronin Wolf
      Ronin Wolf 9 months ago

      @Gabriel's Films im depressed that we live in an age were we have to announce that it is in fact a joke... otherwise... well 2021...

    • Ronin Wolf
      Ronin Wolf 9 months ago

      Man lucky!. In my area all we find is old broken crack and meth pips. Occasional pot bowl as there a little more responsible. Sometimes youll actually find the crackhead himself.

    • Nelly Fajardo
      Nelly Fajardo 10 months ago

      @Sxlonz but its proof u can ur like 7

  • DRL
    DRL 2 years ago

    omg! Thanks for making this series! I've recently been very interested in paleontology!

  • Mamlambo Fossils
    Mamlambo Fossils 2 years ago

    Nice! I've found a few fossils, mainly large crabs, hope to get to your level of fossils soon!

  • Slimey Studios
    Slimey Studios 3 years ago +8

    I’ve legit been here since 60k subs, and you’ve gotten so amazing and grown so much since then!

  • Zachafinackus
    Zachafinackus 3 years ago +8

    Aw damn, I live minutes away from the badlands, I wish I had known you were here. Love the content you make! Keep it up.

  • Critty Kitty
    Critty Kitty Day ago

    Mario: biggest fossil
    Mark: rarest/coolest fossil
    Coyote: biggest collection of fossils

  • A Rios
    A Rios 2 years ago +1

    My name is Zayden, my favorite fossil was the one related to the rhino. We are watching all your videos and are planning future trips to some of the awesome places you have gone to with grandma and grandpa!

  • Warbird134
    Warbird134 3 years ago +1

    All the fossils were my favorite :D keep making great videos!

  • Tristan Tuck
    Tristan Tuck 3 years ago +1

    That is AMAZING I am really really happy that you guys help us about animals & nature TYSM

  • squisheeboy
    squisheeboy 3 years ago +1397

    imagine he just stepped on a t-rex skull and not notice it

    • joy prakash
      joy prakash 10 months ago


    • 于蔷
      于蔷 Year ago

      But imagine him sitting on a very round prehistoric turtle and not know

    • koninkrijk
      koninkrijk Year ago

      Well the Badlands is mostly covered with fossils from the Miocene, the Pleistocene, and the Eocene Epoch.

    • KhalidSaurus
      KhalidSaurus Year ago +1

      @Thomas Binky ...ᘛ⁐̤ᕐᐷ Its Actually The Vice Versa As T-Rex Lived In Hell Creek Formation Which Is Located in Between Montana, South Dakota And Wyoming. But You Won't Find Allosaurus Bones Here Because Allosaurus Lived More Southernly In Colorado Rather Than South Dakota.

    • viviana reyes
      viviana reyes Year ago

      That would be sad

  • SiderMan
    SiderMan Month ago

    Wow that many bones in one area- I know it's big but wow! Well done.

  • Corey
    Corey 3 years ago

    Man...I've been in love with fossils and dinosaurs all my life. I've always wanted to go fossil hunting. I go into my woods and look for bones of sorts and wade around in my Creek for hours looking for stuff. Love your vids!

    • Corey
      Corey 3 years ago

      Nah, I haven't gone on any actual hunts. I would absolutely love to!

    • MeargleSchmeargle
      MeargleSchmeargle 3 years ago

      Gone on an actual fossil hunts? If so, found anything? If not, I could point to a few locales.

  • sick beats
    sick beats 11 months ago +1

    Pete Larson is an amazing person and Paleontologist. My kids and i met him 4 years ago. We talked about his finding Sue and how exciting that was. Unfortunately, the US government treated him terribly.

  • April Zhang
    April Zhang 3 years ago

    Damn, I’ve been to the badlands well over 20x and I’ve never spotted fossils before. Super cool!

  • Skye Blue
    Skye Blue 3 years ago +156

    The badlands turned out to be goodlands to find fossils! 😂

  • Solarfirez
    Solarfirez Year ago +1

    lowkey just started watching, immediately worried they all separated in this awful dry desert! Take lots of water and.. Idk all of you carry a whistle to make me feel better! xD

  • PurpleMister
    PurpleMister 3 years ago +2

    Pete is the fossilwhisperer, dang that man is amazing!

  • jill
    jill 3 years ago

    You guys are amazing I can’t believe how many places you get to go

  • Lessurr
    Lessurr 3 years ago

    My favorite one was the cat saber. That was so cool, I'd be so excited to find one of those.

  • MothproofKT
    MothproofKT 3 years ago +13

    It might seem lame to some but this is seriously one of my dreams in life; to go on an actual dig, somewhere as significant as the badlands and find something. It could be anything, I don’t care if it’s little or not as exciting as a t-Rex skull (that would be pretty amazing though!). I’ve wanted to do this since I was a kid and not really had the opportunity since my spine screwed up. But one day! I have to ask, how would someone go about getting on an expedition?

    • Travis Nolan
      Travis Nolan 3 years ago +1

      Research local colleges, see if they have paleontology programs or paleontologists who work there. Get in touch with them if so. Also look for local Paleontology groups, join if there are any. They often have field trips and will be able to get you in touch with paleontologists. If you are patient, you can realize this dream. Good luck!

  • RipCity 420
    RipCity 420 3 years ago

    My favorite find was the jaw bone, good find coyote. 😀

  • Carlos Melendez
    Carlos Melendez Year ago

    Love you guys. Thanks for the education . And Especially for the badlands. My daughter and niece go there. We from Nebraska

  • Ethan Wolff
    Ethan Wolff 2 years ago +3

    At 4:04 mark walked right past a face in the face without even noticing it😂😂😂

  • Marty Woodcock
    Marty Woodcock 3 years ago

    I'd love to see you on a dig in the Alberta Badlands, especially near Drumheller.

  • sid L
    sid L 3 years ago +8

    easily one of the most interesting and educational videos yall have posted in a good minute! Loving these fossil hunting videos, and Peter is awesome!

  • Madison Hartman
    Madison Hartman 3 years ago

    You made me want to explore the world and study animals! I love your vids and thank you so much for inspiring me to study what i love so much!

  • Caleb Nelson
    Caleb Nelson 8 months ago

    It’s amazing on how he can just look and tell what they are

  • Ahmar Fareed
    Ahmar Fareed 2 years ago

    Mark Mario and Coyote Peterson I love all of your work to find the fossils and loved all the fossils you got ❤️ it !!!!!!!☺️☺️☺️☺️

  • SemiDestructive
    SemiDestructive Year ago +1

    Other then the fact that dinosaurs are dangerous I would really love to see one someday :/

  • Jesse van Bruggen
    Jesse van Bruggen 3 years ago +81

    I would be really cool if you guys put in a picture of the dino/mammal next to the fossil.

    • Ranstone
      Ranstone 3 years ago +2

      Yeah... yeah, great idea!

    • XSemperIdem5
      XSemperIdem5 3 years ago +4

      Yes, that would be great. Give us a reference picture. Maybe they can post it on Instagram.

  • I Was Never Given A Name

    Pleeeeease do more videos of this place this is my favorite video you guys made.

  • Leah Sophie
    Leah Sophie 9 months ago

    I'm so excited to be going fossil hunting on the Jurassic coast later this week 🙂

  • Alexis Juarez
    Alexis Juarez Year ago

    The saber-toothed cat was one of the one hundred years ago Dino fossils at the Ice Age so I'm super excited to see this

  • What UP Rats!
    What UP Rats! Year ago +1

    Y’all should do a base camp episode on this :D

  • Hammad Ali
    Hammad Ali 3 years ago +10

    Even though Mark's grand finale was the smallest fossil, it was without a doubt the coolest find.

  • Zach Gaming Reactions
    Zach Gaming Reactions 3 years ago +1

    Mark's Fossil find was my favorite, and because i thought the saber was just a Legend.

  • John French
    John French 4 months ago

    Really really very cool, great finds.. please if some way .. show the dinosaur of the bone find .would be just amazing.

  • Vailix
    Vailix 3 years ago +78

    Me: can't find my phone and it's in my hands
    But these guys find fossils

  • YourGrimmReminder

    as someone who bone hunts in the woods this seems alot easier than trying to find a skeleton you saw without your equipment and getting caught in thorns

  • Alyssa Stickels
    Alyssa Stickels 11 months ago

    I just want to say that I think Pete’s joke about the broken saber is highly under appreciated

  • Rebecka Johnston
    Rebecka Johnston 3 years ago +2

    Samuel(8 head old) I love the jawbone. I love you Coyote. Keep making more episodes.

  • Wild man1314
    Wild man1314 2 years ago

    I would love to volunteer for a fossil expedition

  • Linnea
    Linnea 2 years ago +3

    Coyote: and then I have one, filming me
    Still Coyote: **films Mark and Mario**

  • Zukku Khan
    Zukku Khan 3 years ago

    Great job you guys!

  • Centauri
    Centauri Year ago

    I liked the rhino bone. I would really like to go there and hunt fossils.

  • Selkiiuu
    Selkiiuu 8 months ago

    Hey coyote!! I actually got the privilege to excavate bones here years before this, it’s so cool that you explored it too!! Me and a team were working on a giant turtle shell! And YES. it is hellish hot.

  • ChillXander
    ChillXander 3 years ago

    I just love how the way Mario explains stuff because it's the same of how I explain things
    For example: 6:21

  • Geckaway
    Geckaway 3 years ago +9

    I was hunting in the badlands just a week ago! Would’ve been crazy to see you!

  • The_Lavy_Bean
    The_Lavy_Bean 3 years ago

    I think that all of your finds are really good, I didn't know about mist if these mammals it's good to know in case I ever become paleontologist.

  • Michael Chileshe
    Michael Chileshe Year ago

    Coyote:gets a rock
    also Coyote:a jaw bone of a saber cat

  • Valkaris
    Valkaris 2 years ago

    My grandpa was a paleontologist and always took my brother and I fossil hunting with my family, we live in Alberta Canada so there is always a huge amount of fossils and I remember my best find ever was a small raptor tooth. I was so excited ! We would usually go fossil hunting like 10-15 times every summer so it was always a little family thing we did.

  • Bonnerin0
    Bonnerin0 3 years ago

    I live super close to the badlands. Can't wait to see what I find when summer hits!!

  • Dheepa Ramasamy
    Dheepa Ramasamy 2 years ago

    I have actually dug some sand in a desert and actually found about 10 - 20 pieces of an actual GIANT full spinosaurus skull with my family

  • Mark Stedge
    Mark Stedge Year ago

    All the finds are great , awesome !

  • Deepali Deshpande
    Deepali Deshpande 5 months ago

    i have always loved your videos and i think this one was AWESOME!!!!😍😍

  • Saiqa Moeen
    Saiqa Moeen 2 years ago

    You are amazing coyote you are the bravest man i know and always be you are so intelligent and know so much about everything

  • Lr Full Power Ssjgss Nick
    Lr Full Power Ssjgss Nick 3 years ago +84

    This felt like a pokemon competition.
    I need more of this since it was fun to watch and present them

    • Aykko
      Aykko 3 years ago

      KamuiPan lol

    • KamuiPan
      KamuiPan 3 years ago

      Pete as Professor Oak. LOL

    • Aykko
      Aykko 3 years ago

      Marz nice fun fact for real.

    • Marz
      Marz 3 years ago +1

      Nick The Second Fun fact, the creator of Pokemon is an entomologist and he wanted to convey the marvel of looking for and collecting rare bugs

  • meliakirstein
    meliakirstein 3 years ago

    I wanna go to the bad lands, this is so cool!

  • Grandpa4688
    Grandpa4688 Year ago +1

    i thought the rinosauros bone was the coolest but coyotes find was also pretty cool

  • nicolas rossi
    nicolas rossi 2 years ago

    My daughters favorites were the Saber tooth saber and coyotes jaw piece, mine was the hippo leg bone. thanks for the video.

  • Mortal kombat gameplays
    Mortal kombat gameplays 3 years ago +37

    2:13 "what is this here, that is just a rock" lol

  • amaccoy
    amaccoy 3 years ago +66

    It's AMAZING how Pete can just glance at a miniscule fragment of bone and he can identify what animal it came from and what part it is.

    • MeargleSchmeargle
      MeargleSchmeargle 3 years ago +2

      Not all fragments. There need to be certain identifying characteristics to bone/exoskeleton/whatever fragments to get an accurate ID. Some fragments are worn to the point of only being unidentifiable fragments. These are usually dubbed "Chunkosaurus" in the fossil forum i frequent.

    • XSemperIdem5
      XSemperIdem5 3 years ago +8

      So many years of study and field experience plus it's obvious he enjoys his work.

  • Iris Liang
    Iris Liang 3 years ago +4

    Coyote! I think u should win this round. I mean, that jaw bone was sick!! 🦕🦕

  • Atti
    Atti 2 years ago

    It would be amazing for yall to come to Alberta, Canada. There's so many places, obviously Drumheller but there's also a place 40 mins North of Banff National Park there's a Wolf dog sanctuary that allows you to actually get in and see them. There's also SO MANY DIFFERENT ecosystems in the province. Badlands, wetlands, mountain, forest, prairie, it's honestly amazing. There's so many places to go & see!! Definitely recommend

  • Kailye Castro
    Kailye Castro 2 years ago +1

    my favorite bone was that part of the saber tooth i have seen it on ice age and it was the coolest thing sad the mark didnt find the whole thing but it was nice he fond it

  • The Angling Globetrotters

    Pretty impressive you were able to interview a dinosaur in your most recent video

  • angel
    angel 3 years ago +9

    Thank you coyote for continuing this kind of episodes😊

  • Maryam Saudager
    Maryam Saudager Year ago

    I would say coyotes was cool,Mario's and even Mark's, well u three found it wearing sunglasses I am in total surprise right now. Pete's work and knowledge is really admirable. coyote really love u ❤

  • Maple Syrup
    Maple Syrup 3 years ago +3

    That professor must be so talented to identify fossils that quickly and accurately! Impressive!

  • Paleo
    Paleo 2 years ago

    I went to a place near this and found a saber tooth cat skull! Hoplophoneus Occidentalis to be exact. It is missing the lower jaw, both canines are gone (they are fragile) and a chip on the top of the eye socket, but other than that it is in good shape. Worth 3000 to 6000 dollars even before it gets cleaned up.

  • Horror Reviews
    Horror Reviews 2 years ago +168

    5:54 legend has it, his knife is still there

    • Potatoman_9000
      Potatoman_9000 11 months ago

      @Ryan Madrigal Guerra lol

    • Rema Whyte
      Rema Whyte Year ago

      Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    • Santa Boy
      Santa Boy Year ago +6

      Millions of years later its still there and people with dig it up and wonder why its here and how well preserved it is

  • Micheal Wintz
    Micheal Wintz 3 years ago

    Awesome video I loved all the fossils. And am amazed your braving the heat of course when I was your age I loved doing the same thing. 😺😉☕🐚🐚🐚💖💙💜🐚💓👏👏👏Ms Michal

  • Keith B
    Keith B 3 years ago

    I think your videos are awesome! I know that you aren't doing anymore stings or bites but what about pinches? What is the biggest dinosaur bone you have ever found? I went to the Badlands last year with my family. I have a whole Minecraft World with all the animals from your show.

  • Appal Badi
    Appal Badi Year ago +1

    my favorite fossil is yours coyote it looks Cool I found some fossil similar to that

  • Delaynie Long
    Delaynie Long 3 years ago

    that is so cool! I have been watching your vids for SO long I saw your already became interested. I really want to thank you showing things and being STUNG for usstung