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  • Paleontologist Dies Unexpectedly at Dinosaur Dig Site in Colorado

    Mike Getty, the chief fossil preparator at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, was a renowned fieldworker with unparalleled skill and an incredible work ethic. The tight-knit paleontology field was reeling after learning that Getty, age 50, died after becoming ill while working on the excavation site of a newly discovered triceratops in Thornton, Colorado. Cause of death has not been released.

  • Mezhyrich: Upper Paleolithic Mammoth Bone Settlement in Ukraine

    The archaeological site of Mezhirich (sometimes spelled Mezhyrich), an Upper Paleolithic site located in the Middle Dnepr (or Dneiper) Valley region of Ukraine near Kiev, is one of the best preserved sites of its type excavated to date. Mezhyrich is a large open-air site where several mammoth bone huts with hearths and pit features were used between about 14,000 to 15,000 years ago.

  • Mastodon Bones Discovered at Michigan Construction Site

    Workers found the bones Aug. 31 while excavating a road at a housing development in Byron Center, which is about 13 miles south of Grand Rapids .  A University of Michigan researcher said that the bones were the skeletal remains of a 20-30 year old male mastodon estimated to be around 10,000 years old.  Two or three such discoveries are made in Michigan a year, with most of the remains estimated to be between 11,000 to 15,000 years old.  The bones are being donated to the university.