National Geographic to feature Snowmass fossils
SNOWMASS VILLAGE – 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, according to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.Research for the museum’s 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 the museum’s Dr. Kirk Johnson in a press release. “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,” said Johnson, leader of the excavation team and vice president of the museum’s Research and Collections Division. Work on the seven-week dig at Ziegler Reservoir has passed the halfway mark; more than 1,700 Ice Age fossils have been uncovered this spring, according to the museum. The fossil dig is scheduled to wrap up on July 1.
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