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Museum Of Nature & Science Asks For Help With Mammoth Naming

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Mammoth bones (credit: Denver Museum of Nature & Science)

Mammoth bones (credit: Denver Museum of Nature & Science)

DENVER (AP) – The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is asking the public to help name the first mammoth found at a fossil site in western Colorado.

People can vote on five suggested names at, or at the museum.

Crews have uncovered an estimated 600 bones from Ice Age animals near Snowmass Village, including mammoths, mastodons, a giant ground sloth and ancient bison.

The first fossil was unearthed Oct. 14 by a man operating a bulldozer to expand a reservoir near the town.

The proposed names are: Jessie, for the bulldozer operator; Ella, for the construction superintendent’s 3-year-old daughter; Ziggy, for the Ziegler family, who owned the land; Samammoth, for museum educator Samantha Sands; and Snowy, for Snowmass Village.

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