People of the Roaring Fork Valley turned out in force for the
Denver Museum of Nature & Science's "Mammoth & Mastodon
Madness" event in Snowmass Village on Saturday. By 1 p.m. more than
1,200 people had attended the event, with more people arriving
The highlight of the event was the display of several of the
mastodon and mammoth bones recovered from the Ziegler Reservoir Ice
Age fossil dig site over the past couple weeks. The Museum's
education staff answered questions about the fossils and described
the excavation process while excited visitors snapped photos.
Families with children enjoyed activities like toy fossil digs,
assembling dinosaur puzzles, making mammoth and mastodon hats, and
they learned more about the massive Ice Age beasts by touching
actual specimens from the Museum's education collections.
In addition, the Dr. Kirk Johnson, the Museum's chief curator, and
Dr. Ian Miller, the chair of the Museum's Earth Science Department,
came off the mountain from the dig site and answered questions for
interested visitors several times during the day.
The Museum wishes to thank everyone in Snowmass Village and the
Roaring Fork Valley for their tremendous hospitality and interest
in the Museum's fossil excavation. As the Museum completes analysis
of the fossils in the lab, watch for updates on the results on the