Ice Age Fossils

8:40pm

Mon February 17, 2014
Ice Age Fossils

Paleontologists Still Unveiling Snowmass Ice Age Fossils

Tom Temme, Paleontologist with the Ice Age Discovery Center and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, scrapes clay off a mastodon tusk.
Elise Thatcher

   Scientists are still examining some of the mammoth bones found at a big dig in Snowmass.  The discovery took place more than three years ago-- but the painstaking review of the ice age fossils means that it could take years to thoroughly examine everything that was found. The Ice Age Discovery Center recently unveiled a mammoth tusk that’s been wrapped up in a protective jacket.

Read more

9:44am

Tue July 2, 2013
Ice Age Fossils

Mammoths and Mastodons Return to Snowmass Village

Seven bones arrived in Snowmass Village in June. The plaster casings will be removed so the public can see the bones.
Marci Krivonen

After a two year hiatus, the fossils found in a dried up reservoir bed in Snowmass Village are back. A handful of mastodon tusks and mammoth rib bones arrived at the Ice Age Discovery Center earlier this summer. Now, they’re being displayed for the public. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Gussie Maccracken carefully saws open a plaster mold around a huge mastodon tusk. The bone inside hasn’t seen the sun in a couple of years and parts of it haven’t been exposed for several millennia.

Read more