Denver Museum of Nature & Science to Hold Press Conference to Summarize Snowmass Village Fossil Excavation, Next Steps in the Scientific Process

Press Conference Begins at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 18, at the Museum


Representatives from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science will summarize the amazing fossil discoveries made at Ziegler Reservoir near Snowmass Village over the past several weeks and discuss the next steps in the scientific process. Fossils found at the dig site will be on display.   


  • Denver Museum of Nature & Science
  • 2001 Colorado Boulevard in Denver
  • 10:30 a.m.
  • Reporters and photographers: Please enter through the Staff & Volunteer Entrance on the north side of the Museum building (near the flag pole)
  • The press conference will last 45 minutes to an hour  WHOThe following representatives from the Museum will be available for interviews after their presentations:
  • George Sparks - President & CEO
  • Kirk Johnson, PhD - Vice President of Research & Collections, Chief Curator
  • Ian Miller, PhD - Curator of Paleontology
  • Steve Holen, PhD - Curator of Archaeology and Mammoth Expert


  • Excavation crews from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science have just wrapped up a spectacularly successful fossil dig at Ziegler Reservoir near Snowmass Village, Colorado. The excavation revealed a very well-preserved Ice Age fossil ecosystem that produced Columbian mammoths, American mastodons, a Jefferson ground sloth (the only one ever found in Colorado), Ice Age bison, Ice Age deer, small reptiles, and well-preserved plant material. In all, the Museum crews collected more than 500 fossil bones, plus hundreds of pounds of plant material for analysis. The Ziegler Reservoir fossil site is considered to be one of the most significant scientific discoveries ever made in Colorado.

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