Category Archives: paleontology

Mammoths in Corvallis, Oregon

Unless you live under a rock, or are lucky enough to avoid all media, you probably know there is some good and interesting news from Oregon this week. Loren Davis, an associate professor of anthropology at OSU, was called to … Continue reading

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The Giant Short-Faced Bear (Arctodus simus) was not as Bizarre as Originally Thought

Originally posted on GeorgiaBeforePeople:
Scientists first described the giant short-faced bear as an unusually long-limbed bruin with a shortened catlike face.  Some proposed this species outran prey, much like a cheetah does.  However, later studies determined it was not a…

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Relative Size and Other Important Tidbits

When we think of Pleistocene fauna, we usually think big.  The above image was assembled by Roberto Díaz Sibaja on his wonderful blog Palaeos, la historia de la vida en la tierra.  I love the fact that he has created, … Continue reading

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Field School Update

Lots of remarkable progress has been made using the field school students in and out of the South Bank Building.  The bonebed has yielded a few surprises and given up more excellent paleontological specimens.  More information to come, but here … Continue reading

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An Excursion to Water Canyon

A tardy post. Several weeks back I, along with David Kilby, was fortunate to be asked to come help with an excavation in  central New Mexico. The project was the brainchild of Robert Dello-Russo from the New Mexico Office of … Continue reading

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Rancho La Brea Photo Album

Recent travels allowed for a quick visit to the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits.  Now in their one hundredth year of excavation, the site has yielded over 600 species to date with a NISP of over 3.5 … Continue reading

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40,000 year old bison find in Alaska

A nearly complete bison found on the North Slope of Alaska.  Only one scapula missing but it contained horn sheaths, hooves, and hair.  This should provide some excellent data for understanding early bison world-wide. Click the photo for the full … Continue reading

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Ice Age Predators from the Early Paleoindian Period

We don’t find many predators in our assemblages on the Southern High Plains.  When we do, it is generally a tooth, a single toe bone, or a few bits.  Predators weren’t hunted in droves and likely wander off to die … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week 9/16/2011

Illustration of a worked mammoth tusk excavated and on display at the Blackwater Draw site. Archaeologically speaking, finding the raw material (mammoth ivory), or finding finished tools (ivory rods, shaft wrenches…), is far more common than finding ivory  in the … Continue reading

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The Snowmass Mastodons

Excavations of the amazing finds near Snowmass, Colorado are wrapping up.   Mammoths, mastodons, ground sloths, bison, camels and horses were all found in excellent state of preservation.  There was apparently wood and leaves found in the boggy environment.  I hope … Continue reading

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Sloth!

Humerus from a Paramylodon harlani discovered in 1963 by the El Llano Archaeological Society the Gray Sands at or just below the Clovis levels.  This is the upper front leg of a large ancestral sloth that lived in the Southern … Continue reading

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Archival Photo of the Week

The photo archives of the Blackwater Draw site contain thousands of photographs dating back to the 1930s.  Michele Green, a graduate student at Eastern New Mexico University, is currently undertaking the enormous task of converting these images into a digital … Continue reading

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