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Dakota Midday: Mammoth Site of Hot Springs

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Joe Tlustos SDPB
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More than 26,000 years ago at the Mammoth Site,  large Columbian and woolly mammoths were trapped in a large sinkhole and died. Their remains were buried and undisturbed for centuries until bones were discovered during excavation for a subdivision in 1974. Since then, 61 mammoths have been identified – 58 Columbian and 3 woolly mammoths. Remains of giant, short-faced bear, camel, llama, prairie dog, wolf and fish have also been uncovered.

The Mammoth Site attracts scientists, students and visitors from around the world interested in the collection of mammoth remains, Ice Age vertebrates and invertebrates. This past weekend the Mammoth Site held a ribbon cutting for its learning center and expanded lobby and gift shop.

During a Dakota Midday broadcast from the Mammoth Site, business manager Joe Muller and bone bed curator and secondary educator Justin Wilkins discussed the history and work of the popular Black Hills attraction.

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