121 TUSKS NOW FOUND AT HOT SPRINGS MAMMOTH SITE

Posted 10 months ago

By John Axtell

Mammoth Site bonebedThe first of this summer’s two teams of Earthwatch volunteers wraps up its two week dig at the Hot Springs Mammoth Site tomorrow, but they’ll be headed home as the finders of the 121st tusk discovered there…confirming the presence of at least 61 mammoths.

Principal investigator and Site Director Dr Larry Agenbroad says Willow Nguy, part-time excavator and third-year screenwasher, found the tusk towards the eastern end of the sinkhole Wednesday afternoon.

It’s from a Columbian mammoth, the 58th animal of the species confirmed along with 3 wooly mammoths. 85 other species of animals and plants have also been confirmed in what was a sinkhole death trap 26,000 years ago.

The current Earthwatch volunteers will be continuing their excavation today from 8-till-noon and 1-to-5 today and 8-till-noon tomorrow. The second team takes over Monday, also working 8-11 Monday-Saturday mornings and 1-5 Monday- Friday afternoons through the 26th.

Visitors who come during other times can get passes to return to see the diggers in the pit, but can also experience the working paleontological site and museum during the regular summer hours of  8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The last tour leaves at 7:00 p.m.