Skip to comments.Volunteers uncovers 58th Mammoth at the Mammoth Site (Hot Springs, SD)
Posted on 07/29/2008 1:28:53 AM PDT by ApplegateRanch
HOT SPRINGS -- Joanne Bugel is happy to be the Earthwatch volunteer who uncovered the 115th tusk at the Mammoth Site and moved the popular Hot Springs tourist sites mammoth tally to 58.
This group has been a particularly productive bunch, said crew chief Don Morris.
Bones unearthed by 2008 Earthwatch volunteers include: three tusks, a tooth, a patella, six ribs, a fibula, four vertebra and assorted other bones.
Neteal Graves, 18, of Kaycee, Wyo., also unearthed some coprolite
Graves has the Mammoth Site in her bloodline. In 1974, her mother, Cheri Graves, was a college student who came with Prof. Larry Agenbroad to the site of a sinkhole that would later become a sinkhole that would later become the worlds largest mammoth research facility. Agenbroad, the site director and principal investigator, is retired now from Northern Arizona University ....
As he brushed away dirt from what will probably be a pelvic bone, Austin Anderson, 16, joked that it might prove to be the digs first female mammoth.
The first 58 mammoths have all been identified as male, most of them young animals between 17 and 25 years of age that got trapped in the sinkhole in a short period of time 26,000 years ago, Morris said. The adolescent mammoths, kicked out of the herd as they reached sexual maturity, probably didnt know enough to avoid the dangerous sinkhole, he said.
Only a small portion of 115th tusk is visible right now and it will be years before it is properly excavated. But its discovery ... ensures that tourists like 6-year-old Emily Raskins of Minneapolis will keep coming back to the ever-evolving in-situ display of mammoth bones.
(Excerpt) Read more at rapidcityjournal.com ...
For lots of pictures, explication, and information, use this link: Mammoth Site
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Edgar Rice Burroughs was right! There is a pachyderm graveyard.
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Still waiting for them to pull a frozen female out of Siberia.
With viable ova.
Read estimates there are still 10,000 frozen up there, but who knows.
My wife and I visited this museum/dig about 10 years ago while on a tour of the Black Hills. It was definitely one of the highlights of the trip and I’d love to go back again to see how far down they’ve gone.
The mammoths weren’t the only ones to meet their demise in the hot springs. There were all sorts of other mammal bones on display including bears. I guess the warmth of the hot springs during the cold periods was just too hard to resist. The pool was easy to get in but the steep sides made it difficult or impossible to get out of for a lot of different species.
After reading that you had purged the GGG list, I thought I better post something, just to let you know I was still alive.
Same s***, different day; or, same day, different s***?
As a young lad, I thought I had found a coprolite. Turned out to just be a chunck of brown botryoidal jasper. Either way, it was s***y experience.
Are the natives still eating the ones they find or are they now protected?
I would imagine there is some kind of reward program or somesuch.
The thing that gets me is I’ve seen pics of a few of the excavations. You see this dark thing in the ice. Then you glance towards the horizon. You see ice with more ice on top of it.
What you DON’T see is even the tiniest hint of vegetation or trees or anything that could feed 6 ton animals who are consuming roughly 750 pounds of roughage per day.
Not even any of the famous buttercups...
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Funny you should say that. I have a custom-made hunting knife with a handle made from mammoth ivory. I was showing it to a friend known to be a tree-hugger, and her response was, "Shame on you. Don't you know mammoths are endangered?"
I was speechless as I struggled not to laugh.
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