Snowmastodon Excavation, People & Fossils
Richard M. Wicker
creator of digital collection
L-R Dr. Kirk Johnson DMNS Chief Curator and Vice President of Research and Collections, Cynthia Fisher wife of Dr. Dan Fisher, Dr. Dan Fisher University of Michigan Mastodon Expert, Dr. Ian Miller DMNS Curator of Paleontology and Chair of Earth Sciences Department, Chris Miller National Geographic Film crew volunteer and Michael Cherney assistant to Dr. Dan Fisher study the Clay Mammoth EPV.60704. Notice the rocks among the bones. Scientists believe this may be 45,000 year old evidence humans cached mastodon meat under the cold water, intentionally weighted down by boulders. Humans, in the presence of dire wolves and short-faced great bears, would not make jerky to carry with them. Cold-water storage was an obvious solution. If the evidence is confirmed, humans were in North America 30,000 years before others crossed the land bridge from Asia, as is the current belief.
date of photograph
USA, Colorado, Pitkin County, Snowmass Village, Ziegler Reservoir
use with permission Denver Museum of Nature & Science