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History: The big dig

It wasn’t that long ago that Snowmass Village, specifically Ziegler Reservoir, was the highlight in the world of natural science, bringing prehistory a little closer to our community. Considered one of the “most significant fossil discoveries in Colorado history,” according to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, many local children, teachers and community members had the chance not only to visit history in the making but also to grab shovels and join the digging. This image was taken June 23, 2011, during a tour of the spring excavation, with Kirk Johnson holding part of a jawbone. Johnson was, at the time, the chief curator and vice president of research and collections at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and now works as the director of the National Museum of Natural History. Starting July 2, paleontologist Tom Temme will be back in the Ice Age Discovery Center on the Snowmass Village Mall, prepping fossils from the dig in public view.


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