ICE AGE DISCOVERY

ICE AGE DISCOVERY

Mailing Address

  • Snowmass Tourism
  • PO Box 5566
  • Snowmass Village, CO
  • 81615 United States

Street Address

  • 54B Snowmass Village Mall
  • Snowmass Village, CO
  • 81615 United States

Phone

  • 970-922-2277

Ice Age Discovery

In October 2010, a bulldozer operator working in Snowmass Village at Ziegler Reservoir uncovered the tusk of a young female mammoth. Over the next 10 months, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science conducted its largest-ever fossil excavation, yielding a treasure trove of well-preserved Ice Age fossils. Museum crews uncovered more than 5,000 bones of 41 kinds of Ice Age animals, including mammoths, mastodons, ground sloths, camels, deer, horse, and giant bison. Other animal bones found at the site: tiger salamander, frog, snake, lizard, duck, goose, grouse, trout, weasel, otter, bear, mouse and more. Approximately 60 species of plants including grasses, herbs, flowers, shrubs, and trees were recovered from the Ziegler Reservoir Fossil Site. The plant species recovered from the site have provided scientific information about past climatic changes, and important insights into the biogeography of plants within the Rocky Mountains 100,000 years ago. The preserved series of Ice Age fossil ecosystems is one of the most significant fossil discoveries ever made in Colorado. This discovery in Snowmass Village will change forever the understanding of alpine life in the Ice Age. Watch this brief video for an overview of the exciting discovery and how you can experience it at the Ice Age Discovery Center:

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