Thursday, August 27, 2009

Mammoth Site, Hot Springs SD

The Mammoth Site is one of the largest concentrations of Woolly and Columbian Mammoths. Scientists estimate that more than 100 mammoths are accumulated here. Since its discovery in 1974, the scientists have discovered the remains of 58 mammoths that include 55 Columbian and 3 Woolly mammoths. The skeletons have been found in a prehistoric sinkhole filled with water, which lured the huge mammoths to drink and feed on vegetation. Once in the water, they could not get up the slippery, steep incline.

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