Snowmastodon Excavation, People & Fossils
Richard M. Wicker
creator of digital collection
Left to right Dr. Richard Stucky DMNS Curator of Paleoecology & Evolution and Dr. Dan Fisher University of Michigan Mammoth/Mastodon expert examine a bone at the site of the "Clay Mammoth" catalog #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