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Mastodon Exhibit Features Great Creatures Of The Ice Age

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A mastodon fossil on display at the "Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age" exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (credit: CBS)

A mastodon fossil on display at the “Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age” exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (credit: CBS)

DENVER (CBS4)- It’s not dinosaurs but in many ways it’s even more interesting; exploring a time when great creatures of the past and man began to interact.

Take a trip back in time thousands of years without a time machine or leaving Denver at the new “Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age” exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

The exhibit features life-sized replicas of the animals that roamed the earth during the most recent ice age and became extinct 10,000 years ago.

Some of the fossils on display came from the dig in Snowmass when a bulldozer operator discovered a bone while working on the expansion of the Ziegler Reservoir.

An image from the dig site in Snowmass Village (credit: CBS)

An image from the dig site in Snowmass Village (credit: CBS)

More than 4,800 bones have been unearthed and scientists have identified 41 species of animals. The find include bones from mammoth, mastodon, ground sloth, camel, deer and giant bison as well as from smaller animals such as beavers, lemmings and squirrels.

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

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

“Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age” is open at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science Feb. 15 through May 27.

LINK: dmns.org

The fossil discovery in Snowmass Village. (credit: CBS)

The fossil discovery in Snowmass Village. (credit: CBS)

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