National Geographic Follows Ice Age Dig

The National Geographic Society has confirmed plans to feature the Ice Age fossil find near Snowmass Village in National Geographic magazine and in a National Geographic-NOVA special on PBS -- both to be released in the next year.  Additionally, research for the Snowmastodon Project™ is supported in part by a $55,000 grant from the National Geographic Society.

"We are thrilled to announce National Geographic's interest in this important project," said Dr. Kirk Johnson, the leader of the excavation team and vice president of the Research and Collections Division at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.  "We know this site has scientific significance, and their support helps us investigate our findings and share this discovery with an incredible number of people."

Work on the seven-week dig at Ziegler Reservoir has passed the halfway mark and continues at an aggressive pace, with more than 1,700 Ice Age fossils uncovered this spring. The crew of more than 40 people is working with efficiency, thanks to the efforts of local volunteers and additional Museum staff, plus excavators, track hoes, and other machines.

Scientists and educators from the Museum plan to share information about this amazing find at several upcoming events, including the Ice Age Spectacular in Snowmass Village on June 18 and 19, and presentations by Kirk Johnson at Colorado Mountain College on June 15 and at the Aspen Institute on June 23.

With only seven weeks to spend in the field and bones popping out of the ground left and right, it's only natural for things to get a little competitive at the dig site. Follow teams Mammoth, Sloth, Tiger Salamander, and Trench as they compete for the biggest bone count in the No Bones Left Behind Challenge. Click here to vote for your favorite team!

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