Denver Museum of Nature & Science Field Report from
Snowmass Village: Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Note to Reporters and Editors: Every afternoon,
the Denver Museum of Nature & Science will issue an update
about the fossil excavation taking place at Ziegler Reservoir near
Snowmass Village, Colorado. In addition to this e-mail, watch for
another e-mail with links to the still images shot today, and a
third e-mail that will allow you to download video.
Today: Wintery temperatures slowed the pace of
work from frenetic to manageable today at the Denver Museum of
Nature & Science's Ice Age fossil excavation in Snowmass
Village, Colorado. Excavation crews and visiting scientists
made progress on several ongoing projects.
Paleoecologists and paleontologists from the U.S. Geological
Survey continued their work on the stratigraphy of the sediments at
the Ziegler Reservoir dig site. This meticulous, painstaking work
will help Museum scientists gain a better understanding of the
history of the ancient lake bed where the fossils of Columbian
mammoths, Ice Age bison, Jefferson's ground sloth, American
mastodons, a reptile, a small, mouse-like mammal, and an Ice Age
deer have been found.
Also today, excavation crews were able to filp the seven-foot long
American mastodon tusk discovered two days ago so they could finish
putting a protective plaster jacket on the fossil.
Finally, excavation crews took a longer look at several bones from
another Ice Age bison uncovered on Tuesday. The bones are from the
hind legs of the animal, along with several ribs and vertebrae. The
bison-the third one discovered-looks to be the most complete one
found at the site thus far.
Media Availability: Dr. Ian Miller, Dr. Steve
Holen and Dr. Kirk Johnson, the Museum's chief curator and Vice
President of Research and Collections will be available for phone
interviews late today by appointment.
For additional information about the excavation, interview clips,
video clips and still images from the site, please check the Denver
Museum of Nature & Science's home page and press
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