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Mammoth Count reaches 60 at the Mammoth Site

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Dr. Agenbroad, the Principal Investigator and Site Director, of the Mammoth Site announced that Earthwatch volunteers uncovered the 119th tusk at The Mammoth Site today, this discovery makes the first tusk of the 60th mammoth.  Fifty-seven are Columbian mammoths and three are woolly.

The first Earthwatch volunteer crew will started on June 27 and finish on July 9.  The second crew will start on July 11 and finish on July 23.  They will be excavating from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on Saturdays.  Those visitors who don’t come during the excavation hours can get a pass to come back during the regular excavation hours. Earthwatch has been involved in the excavations at the Mammoth Site since 1976.  This year’s crews will be 8% returnees and 92% new volunteers.  The Earthwatch volunteers are from all over the U.S. including California, Iowa, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.  This year one of the volunteers is from Japan.

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.  He was also the premier person featured on Discovery Channel’s “Island of the Pygmy Mammoth” ™ which aired in May 2002.  He received the Lowell Thomas award from the Explorers Club in October 2005.  The Lowell Thomas Award is given by the President of The Explorers Club to groups of outstanding explorers who have distinguished themselves in a particular field.  He recently received the Schultz-Othmer Award and Medal from the TER-QUA (the Institute for Tertiary-Quaternary Studies).

The Earthwatch volunteers and Dr. Agenbroad's staff will be excavating 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.  To date 60 mammoths (57 Columbian and 3 woolly) have been discovered as well as 85 other species of animals, plants, and several unidentified insects. 

The laboratory is open for viewing by the visiting public.  Visitors can see into the laboratory and view the work being conducted therein.

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