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Earthwatch Excavation Uncovers 57th Mammoth at the Mammoth Site

7/25/2008
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Dr. Agenbroad, the Principal Investigator and Site Director, of the Mammoth Site announced that Earthwatch volunteers have uncovered a new tusk (number 113) making the total mammoths now discovered 57 based on tusk count.

To date 57 mammoths (54 Columbian and 3 woolly) have been discovered as well as 85 other species of animals, plants, and several unidentified insects.

Bones unearthed by Earthwatch volunteers so far this 2008 season include: tusk, patella, 6 ribs, stylohyoid, vertebrate disc, 3 vertebra, phalange, spinous process, fibula, coprolite, and a shaft (non-diagnostic) of a bird or small mammal.

The volunteers will be excavating through noon on July 26th.

Dr. Agenbroad has been Principal Investigator at the Mammoth Site since its discovery in 1974. He was the only United States scientist to participate in the excavation of the "Jarkov mammoth" from Siberia in October of 1999. The excavation and the Mammoth Site were featured on Discovery Channel’s "Raising the Mammoth" ™, and "Land of the Mammoth" which aired in March of 2000 and 2001.

The Earthwatch volunteers and Dr. Agenbroad's staff will be continuing to excavate new areas of the sinkhole looking for more mammoths and other species of animals which became trapped and died in this sinkhole death trap 26,000 years ago. It is hoped that we will uncover more fossils to aid in the determination of whether 2003’s discovery is American lion or Giant short-faced bear.

Don Morris is Dr. Agenbroad’s Crew Chief during the Earthwatch Excavations. Don is a retired archaeologist for the National Park Service. He has worked with Dr. Agenbroad on the excavation and research of pygmy mammoth at Channel Islands National Park.

The Mammoth Site’s new 12,000 square foot addition features many new exhibits including a pygmy elephant skeletal mount just completed.

The new laboratory is open for viewing by the visiting public from 8 – 8 with the last tour leaving at 7:00 p.m. Visitors can see into the laboratory and view the work being conducted therein.

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