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Prehistoric Fossil Dig in Central Texas

Mammoth Fossel Bones Waco Site photoRecently a TV news show reported of the phenomenon of exotic animals ranched in Texas. There are more near extinct antelopes here than in Africa, raised for hunting. Be that a subject for discussion, for the bones of real extinct exotic animals in central Texas, head to Waco. About 68,000 years ago, heard of Mammoths roamed the plains of Texas, and apparently a family of the precursor to today’s elephant roamed into a river stream bed for a drink, and the rising waters for a flash flood overcame them and they died together. In 1978, a pair of fossil hunters stumbled on a large bone uncovered from an eroding bank of the Bosque River. Paul Barron and Eddie Bufkin dug out the bone and took it to Baylor University. The bone was identified as belonging to a Columbian Mammoth, a more southerly variety than the more northern and more famous Woolly Mammoth (yes there is a difference).

Waco mammoth Site Building Interiro photoTeams went to the site and began to dig, using brushes and bamboo scrapers to slowly uncover and expose the fossil bones of 16 mammoths which had apparently perished in this same flood prone stream over about 15,000 years. The dig continued in the 1990, with six more mammoths excavated, including a large bull male along with the females and juveniles. Crews also discovered the remains of a prehistoric camel (Camelops hesternus) and the tooth of a young saber-tooth cat (Smilodon fatalis). The dig site was only intended for scientists until 2009, when the decision was made to open it to the public. The digging as stopped for the moment, but the site in its current state can be visited. A building structure in the midst of a 100 acre park with nature walking trails through oak, mesquite and cedar trees now covers the exposed bones to protect them from the elements. A raised walkway allows for a close look at the bones, with the walls like an art gallery of mammoths as they might have been in real life, though no-one can really guarantee exactly. And this being Texas, if of the certainty the world is only 6,000 years old, just ignore all that scientific carbon dating jibberish as socialist

Visiting the Waco Mammoth Site

Waco Columbian Mammoth IllustrationVisits to the site of the Waco Mammoth dig are by tours with guides explaining the story of the site and the nature of what is known about Mammoths and other creatures of the Pleistocene Age. Tours begin at the Visitors Center next to the parking lot, which also houses a gift shop. Plans are underway for growth of the site, including further digs and enfolding the site in the National Park system. The site is open from Tuesday to Friday 11 am to 5 pm, Saturday 9am to 5 pm. Closed Sunday and Monday. Admission prices are $7 Adults, $6 Seniors, Veterans and Children/Students 13-18, and $5 Children 4 to 12. The Waco Mammoth Site is located at 6220 Steinbeck Bend Drive. Take exit 335C from Interstate 35 and head west.
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