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An accidental discovery by a bulldozer driver has led to what may be the find of the century: an ice-age burial ground that could rival the famed La Brea tar pits.
After two weeks of excavating ancient fossils at the Ziegler Reservoir near Snowmass Village, Colorado, scientists from the Denver Museum of Natural Science returned home Wednesday with their unearthed treasures in tow -- a wide array of fossils, insects and plant life that they say give a stunningly realistic view of what life was like when ancient, giant beasts lumbered across the Earth.
Since the team’s arrival in mid-O
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"Not only will it completely shape our understanding of life in the Rockies during the Ice Age, but it will become forever iconic for the kids of Colorado
"There have been suggestions that high-altitude environments might have harbored different communities, or had a different story of change, but since fossils representing them are so rarely found, no one has known for sure,"
While mammoths and mastodons near Snowmass Village capture all the attention, scientists are literally chipping away at the remains of a much older local beast.
It has been more than five years since former Old Snowmass resident Mike Gordon stumbled upon strange-looking rocks that he mistook for petrified wood. As it turned out, they were fragments from a 150 million-year-old dinosaur fossil embedded in dirt and rock on his family's property.
Originally posted by MystiqueAgent
It's amazing to think that beneath all our feet lies the remains of history long past, even deeper in the ground could be more. That's one thing I always loved about excavations and the like you never know what you may find, and even if you don't you can at least work and chat with like-minded people who have the same passion for what your doing.