National Geographic and NOVA feature Ice Age fossil find in early 2012
In early 2012 both National Geographic magazine and PBS member
stations will feature the Ice Age fossil find near Snowmass
Village. The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is planning a
related program and currently offering visitors the opportunity to
learn more online and onsite.
"We are thrilled with the level of interest in this important
project," said Dr.
Kirk Johnson, the leader of the Snowmastodon Project™
excavation team and vice president of the Research and Collections
Division at the Museum. "The involvement of these esteemed
organizations helps us share this discovery with an incredible
number of people."
National Geographic Magazine - February
A short illustrated article about the fossil find will appear in
the February 2012 issue of National Geographic magazine, available
on newsstands Tuesday, January 31.
NOVA on Rocky Mountain PBS - February 1,
"Ice Age Death Trap," a one-hour NOVA-National Geographic program
about the fossil find, will premiere on Rocky Mountain PBS
Wednesday, February 1. The television special follows scientists as
they race against time to uncover this unique site packed with
astonishingly well-preserved bones of mammoths, mastodons, and
other giant extinct beasts, opening a vivid window into the
vanished world of the Ice Age. They unearth evidence that entire
families of mastodons died as they grazed beside an ancient lake.
Patiently, clue by clue, the team reconstructs a macabre scenario
in which the soil beside the lake liquefies, then hardens, swiftly
trapping entire mastodon families. Unable to move, the mighty
tusked beasts slowly starve to death. Featuring ingenious
scientific work and spectacular fossils, "Ice Age Death Trap"
reveals intimate secrets of the life and death of North America's
most exotic and extreme creatures.
Program at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science -
January 26, 2012
The Museum is presenting a related event, "NOVA Sneak Peek: Ice
Age Death Trap," at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 26. Scientists Kirk
Johnson and Ian Miller will host an evening to celebrate the
NOVA-National Geographic program. Guests will be the first to view
excerpts from the program, hear behind-the-scenes stories from the
dig site, and get the latest scientific updates. Tickets
will go on sale beginning Thursday, January 12.