By Associated Press - Sunday, October 11, 2015

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is inviting individuals to take their interesting backyard rock or fossil finds to the university’s annual identification event.

Paleontology staff and students will study and identify people’s finds during the third annual Rock and Fossil ID Day Saturday at the school’s Museum of Geology.

Samantha Hustoft is the museum’s program assistant. She says quartz is the most common rock brought to the event for evaluation.

Paleontology staff and trained students from the Society of Economic Geologists, Tech Geological Association and Paleo Club will study and identify specimens.

The museum showcases exhibits focusing on paleontology and mineralogy.

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