Ice Age Fossils

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As scientists work to understand and address a changing climate, some are exploring creative and unusual approaches. Environment reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy sat in on a discussion about “climate moonshots” at last week’s Aspen Ideas Festival. She talked with producer Christin Kay about why some scientists want to resurrect wooly mammoths.

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Some of Snowmass’ oldest residents recently returned to their old stomping grounds.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy/Aspen Public Radio News

The so-called Snowmastodon site at Ziegler Reservoir in Snowmass is the largest fossil discovery in Colorado history. Scientists from across the world are still working to understand the changing environment in which those plants and animals lived. Stephanie Lukowski is the Ice Age Discovery Center’s paleontologist. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy met with her outside of the Discovery Center in Snowmass.

Your Morning News - November 25th, 2014

Nov 25, 2014

New Snowmastodon Research Released

A new volume of research documents in detail the Ice Age fossil find in Snowmass Village. The Denver Museum of Nature and Science announced yesterday the so-called Snowmastodon Project Science Volume is being published in an international journal.

Fourteen papers by 47 authors from the United States and abroad contributed to the work. Snowmastodon Project co-leader Dr. Ian Miller says it represents a new benchmark for understanding climate change in the American West.

Elise Thatcher

   Scientists are still examining some of the mammoth bones found at a big dig in Snowmass.  The discovery took place more than three years ago-- but the painstaking review of the ice age fossils means that it could take years to thoroughly examine everything that was found. The Ice Age Discovery Center recently unveiled a mammoth tusk that’s been wrapped up in a protective jacket.

Mammoths and Mastodons Return to Snowmass Village

Jul 2, 2013
Marci Krivonen

After a two year hiatus, the fossils found in a dried up reservoir bed in Snowmass Village are back. A handful of mastodon tusks and mammoth rib bones arrived at the Ice Age Discovery Center earlier this summer. Now, they’re being displayed for the public. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Gussie Maccracken carefully saws open a plaster mold around a huge mastodon tusk. The bone inside hasn’t seen the sun in a couple of years and parts of it haven’t been exposed for several millennia.