If you think that a museum is just a bunch of shelves showing old stuff, you need to read this! This museum is actively researching and collecting, out in the field.
We’re a little late posting our blog from this summer’s big dig – the excavation of three 12,000-year-old mastodonts from a recreational pond near Culver in Marshall County, Indiana. Blog author Peggy Fisherkeller, curator of geology, notes that only one laptop was available and time to post was at a premium. You’ll still feel the excitement, though, as you read her day-by-day account.
Ron Richards, chief curator of natural history and paleobiology, sums up the dig this way: “The pickin’ was good. In the beginning, we thought there were two animals: a female and a sub-adult, but by the time we were done, we had three mastodonts. We’ve never collected juvenile remains like we did here, finding a partial jaw and skulls.”
Here are some mastadont teeth that were found on this dig…remember from a previous post, that mammoth’s have just four teeth, but mastadonts have THIS! It still amazes me that this intact jaw was found “so easily” right here in Indiana!