Photos: Snowmass Discovery makes casting moves |

Photos: Snowmass Discovery makes casting moves

Staff report

Snowmass Discovery Executive Director Tom Cardamone and Ice Age Discovery Center paleontologist Stephanie Lukowski display casts at the center on the Snowmass Mall on Jan. 24.

The castings of both a skull and a femur, created at a lab in Fruita by Rob Gaston, are replicas of a mastodon discovered at Ziegler Reservoir.

The skull — nicknamed “Lumpy” due to a sizable lump on the back of the head — is a replica of the most intact mastodon skull found during the dig.

Snowmass Discovery paleontologists predict an infection of some type caused the lump.

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