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Ice Age Bones From Snowmass Visit Capitol

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Mastodon Dig Fossil At Denver Museum Of Nature And Science (credit: CBS)

Mastodon Dig Fossil At Denver Museum Of Nature And Science (credit: CBS)

DENVER (AP) -Ice Age bones found in western Colorado are being shown off to lawmakers in Denver.

Bones from a mastodon and other ancient animals were at the state Capitol Thursday as lawmakers took up a resolution honoring last year’s discovery of Ice Age fossils near Snowmass Village.

The Denver Museum of Nature and Science, which is preserving and studying the fossils, announced that excavation work will begin anew May 15 at the site. Bones at least 43,500 years old were found last October by a construction crew, but work had to stop for the winter a month later.

So far, the discoveries include the remains of as many as 10 American mastodons, four Colombian mammoths, four Ice Age bison, the ground sloth, and many Ice Age insects.

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