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Kirk Johnson’s best place on Earth

The Smithsonian’s Kirk Johnson says Wyoming’s Bighorn Basin is the best place on Earth to understand the history of our planet. But his family history is plenty interesting, too. Continue reading

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Climatic hip-swinging at Snowmass

Even as they hoisted giant mastodon bones over their shoulders, scientists gathered at 9,000 feet in Snowmass suspected the greatest value of the site would be what it could tell us about changing climates at high elevations.
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Snowmass paleontology update

Instead of yanking mastodon tusks from the mud Snowmass, scientists now are piecing together what the Ice Age site says about our own times. Continue reading

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Assessing the importance of the Snowmass paleontological site

Snowmass paleontological site has many, many mastodon bones, but it also offers an exceptional high-elevation window into past climate changes in North America. Continue reading

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Earthquake ID’d as prime suspect in paleontological whodunnit at Snowmass Village, Colorado

Completing their dig at Snowmass Village, scientists from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and other institutions now wonder if an ancient earthquake that created quick sand explains the large number of bones from juvenile mastodons. Continue reading

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