Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Date visited 29 June 2017.
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Our guidespeaks about the site and the work on-going there.
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The bones of both Columbian and Woolly Mammoths have been found at this site.
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A cavern collapsed thousands of years ago, creating a sink hole. Because of the steep slope the mammoths could not gain a foothold in the shale to get out of the water once they had gone in to bathe or drink.
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Eventually the sink hole filled with silt, which hardened and kept the mammoths buried until discovery by modern man.
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So far 58 Columbian and 3 Woolly Mammoths have been found at the site.
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The site was first discovered in 1974.
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The remains are actual bones. They are not fossilized.
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Columbian Mammoth mandible (jawbone).
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The most complete mammoth remains yet found at the site.
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Finds have been preserved for removal.
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Mammoth pelvis.
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Sinbad, a fiberglass reproduction of Columbian Mammoth skeleton. (More information in the next photo).
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Giant Short Faced Bear
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Skull of Giant Short Faced Bear that apparently became trapped itself in the sinkhole while trying to dine on a trapped or dead mammoth. Less than 12 such skulls have ever been found in the world.
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Reconstruction of a Giant Short Faced Bear based on the skull and other finds at this mammoth site.
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Reproduction of a young mummified mammoth found in northwestern Siberia. The finder named in Lyuba, his wife's name.
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Screen-washed sediment from the sinkhole reveals the bones of other small animals that lived during the time of the Mammoths.
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Grandma Bert and Grandpa Roy pose for Noah after touring the Mammoth site.