Sunday, June 16, 2013

Mammoth Site


Located near Hot Springs, SD, Mammoth Site is the world's largest mammoth research facility.



This was the site of a 60-foot deep sinkhole 26000 years ago. The mammoths were attracted by the warm spring, slipped in, and couldn't get back out.



The site was discovered fairly recently - in 1974.



Sixty mammoths have been found here in this tiny area!



We had a short tour where the guide used the kids to demonstrate the size of the bones. This is a femur - upper leg bone.



And this is a jaw bone! Of course these are replicas, so I guess they weren't very heavy...



There was a nice museum, in the same building as the dig site. It was definitely worth the visit. It reminded me of the Ashfall Fossil Beds, which I visited in 2010, but their site was 12 MILLION years old. That post is here.



THE END!

8 comments:

QuiltinLibraryLady said...

Just read on this post that you visited Ashfall....I live just a few miles to the west of there on Hwy 20. Must not have been reading your blog back in 2010. Hope you enjoyed my part of the country.

Desert Diva said...

That's a really interesting place - I need to put it "on my list."

I hope you and Phil are having fun!

Carole DeAngeli said...

Excellent and interesting post. Thank You!

Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

Very interesting!

Nancy said...

I may be in SD this summer, so especially enjoying your posts from there now.

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

And here I was expecting to see the greatest, largest RV pull through known to mankind! ;c)

Erin Erkun said...

Looks like a fascinating museum. I've been interested in mammoths since watching the documentary on the excavation of a relatively intact one in Siberia many years ago.

Barbara and Ron said...

Ah, the poor Mammoths! That does look like an interesting place.