Dig this: Book details Snowmass fossil discoveries | AspenTimes.com

Dig this: Book details Snowmass fossil discoveries

Aspen Times staff reportAspen, CO Colorado
Courtesy of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science

DENVER – The Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Aspen-based People’s Press are publishing a first-person account of the historic Ice Age fossil finds near Snowmass Village in 2010 and 2011.”Digging Snowmastodon: Discovering an Ice Age World in the Colorado Rockies” describes the events surrounding the discovery; the excitement and emotion of the dig itself; and the colorful cast of characters who each played important roles as the story unfolded, according to the museum. “This incredible discovery captured everyone’s attention,” said Dr. Kirk Johnson, leader of the excavation team and vice president of the Research and Collections Division at the museum, in a statement. “It played out in the headlines of local, national and international media, including The New York Times and National Geographic. This is our opportunity to share the inside scoop and describe what it was really like to be there and experience it in person.”Infused with humor and offering the unique perspectives of Johnson and Dr. Ian Miller, a museum scientist and co-leader of the dig, the narrative illustrates the science of the fossil find, according to the museum.The 10-by-8-inch paperback, written for a general audience and set for release on March 15, is 144 pages long and includes more than 100 color photos, five historic black-and-white photos and more than 15 color illustrations, line drawings and maps. The book will be available for purchase at the museum for $19.95 and distributed locally and nationally.To learn more about “Digging Snowmastodon” or to purchase advance copies, visit http://www.diggingsnowmastodon.com.The fossil discoveries at Ziegler Reservoir near Snowmass began in October 2010 when a bulldozer operator working on enlarging the reservoir unearthed the tusk of a young, female mammoth. In a fossil dig that began last year and resumed this year for seven weeks in late spring, more than 5,000 bones from 41 kinds of Ice Age animals were recovered.The story of Ziegler Reservoir and the discoveries there also will be featured in the February issue of National Geographic magazine, which hits stands on Jan. 31.

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