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History repeats itself at the Mammoth Site

7/28/2009
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Thirty-four years after the original 1975 discovery of the intact skull with full ivory and a mandible only slightly displaced, nicknamed "Mighty Manfred" by the crew. That skull was found on the last day of funding in 1975, plus the volunteer crew had to depart to register for college and university classes. The photo of that magnificent skull prompted National Geographic Society and Earthwatch to fund further excavations.

On Saturday, July, 25, 2009, a new skull began to appear in the floor of the excavation...on the last day of excavation for the second Earthwatch team. Ruth Clemmer and Rebecca McCubbin, both repeat Earthwatch team members, exposed the nuchal crest (bone ridge at the back of the skull) and the upper left cranial bone, to the eye orbit, of a skull which appears to have one tusk still attached. The new find does not increase the minimum number of mammoths, as the tusk had been counted in prior seasons. It will, however, provide another great specimen, near "Beauty" and "Napoleon"

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