The Mammoth Site in Hot Springs hosted a special event today in honor of National Fossil Day.
The museum showcased several fossils including the heads of a bear and baby mammoth.
The site also set up a variety of activities for both children and adults.
Visitors got to make their own plaster cast of the surface of a mammoth tooth.
They also learned to throw what's called an "atlatl," which was used to hunt mammoth thousands of years ago.
Site director, Dr. Larry Agenbroad, believes events like this help us understand history and predict the future.
"It's a chance to kind of get a glimpse back into the
past and realize that certain animals are no longer with us, why they
become extinct, and if we're headed for the same extinction type later on," said Agenbroad.
He also told KOTA news the United States is the only country to recognize National Fossil Day.