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MERCED COUNTY, CA - Fossilized remains of a an ice-age mammoth were found along a Highway 99 construction site in Merced County, says Caltrans.
In addition, partial remains of camels, antelope, bison, horses and dogs were located at the same location.
Paleontologists said it was pretty unusual to find so many Ice Age animals in the county, said Caltrans spokeswoman Angela DaPrato.
Paleontologists completed removal of the mammoth bones Wednesday and the highway work will resume.
Caltrans is working with the University of California at Merced to find a permanent depository to store and study the ancient bones, DaPrato said.
Originally posted by Another_Nut
Wow . What is the climate there? I think I've heard of some kind of quick fossilizing process but would need to look closer . So now we have frozen intact and fossilized mammoth?
Off to do some (pardon the pun) digging.
Originally posted by Plugin
Fascinating that the flora and fauna in the world was at most places just like Africa today (although that may change soon fast as well).
Lol in my country, we got swines, deers (small ones basicaly) and a few snakes (not really dangerous ones either). Kinda boring wild life for sure these days... (almost non existent).edit on 9-11-2012 by Plugin because: (no reason given)