There is still some mammoth left

01 July 2007 | 06:43 Code : 14349 Geoscience events
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Casper's amateur paleontologists have an opportunity to become part of history....

Casper's amateur paleontologists have an opportunity to become part of history.The Tate Geological Museum uncovered partial remains last year of a Columbian Mammoth, estimated to be between 10,000 and two million years oldAt the end of last summer there were several key bones yet left unexposed, leaving Casper College's geologists anxious to get backGeologists have asked for volunteers from the community to drive out and dig for the missing skull, tusk, lower jaw, and various leg bones, Tate Geological Museum Director Dave Brown said Approved volunteers will be able to drive to the site and dig around in the pit, which measures 30 feet in diameter and 15 feet deep" We found a good part of (the skeleton) last year," he said, referring to the approximately 120 bones already discovered. "The primary thing we are looking for now is the skull and the tusk."They have a portion of one of the two tusks, measuring four feet long and nine inches in diameter. Brown said the mammoth, nicknamed Dee, in honor of his discoverer Dee Zimmerschied, was approximately 14 feet high at the shoulders and about 40 years old"At this point there have been no human remains found," Brown said. "So this one probably wandered down into a gully and died."

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