Tuesday, August 23, 2016
In which we visit the Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, South Dakota
Remember when I took the kids to the Waco Mammoth Site? This was very similar, but this time there were a couple of woolly mammoths! (Fine, like 99% of the mammoths were Columbian mammoths, but at least there were two Woolly Mammoths there.)
We signed the kids up for the junior paleontological dig program, and it was wonderful. They were given a portion of a dig site and all the tools they would need to excavate some mammoth bones.
They unearthed some large leg bones. The girls next to them found a short-faced bear skull.
After the dig program, we took a tour of the mammoth site. This area was a hot spring, and when the mammoths would come to drink the water and eat the vegetation that would have grown near the warm water, they would end up falling in and drowning. Oddly, all the specimens that they have found so far are male, and most are Columbian Mammoths.
There is also a museum on site, and we explored that as well.