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Wooly Mammoths Bones Found

The site at the new Fossil Creek Park also had bones from birds, rodents and other animals that are at least 30,000-years-old.

After the discovery, the city contacted Colorado State University anthropology professor Larry Todd, who brought in students to excavate the bones. The class worked through September and into mid-October.

The Fossil Creek site was a floodplain, with buried deposits from the Rocky Mountains' glacial outwash during the Ice Ages.

Sediment accumulated rapidly, eventually burying the bones under 15 feet of soil.

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Wooly Mammoths

  • The mammoth is a common name for several extinct species of the elephant family.

  • The mammoth was the largest living land mammal during the late Pleisocene (2 million – 10,000 years ago.

  • Found in Europe, Asia and North America.

  • Average size: 9-12 feet tall and weight of 7-9 tons.

  • The mammoths thick haired coat was actually long black hair and not red hair. The red coloration was due to a chemical reaction in the hair after a mammoth died.

  • It is believed that the large tusks were used to scrape away land, snow, or ice to get to fresh vegetation.

  • Scientist have two theories on the extinction of the wooly mammoth:
    • Humans hunted the animal for food.
      • A sudden change in the Earth’s climate.

    Source: A compilation of Web reports contributed to this report.


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