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Digging Snowmastodon: Discovering an Ice Age World in the Colorado Rockies

Digging Snowmastodon: Discovering an Ice Age World in the Colorado Rockies

Digging Snowmastodon: Discovering an Ice Age World in the Colorado Rockies

Details: Softcover, 11 x 9, 144 pages, more than 250 color photos, 5 historic b&w photos, 37 color illustrations, line drawings and maps.

Publisher: People’s Press and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science

ISBN: 978-1-936905-06-5

Authors: Kirk Johnson and Ian Miller

Price: $19.95

In Brief:

The story of the remarkable discovery and excavation of Ice Age fossils at the base of the Snowmass Mountain ski area in Colorado. Told by the two lead scientists on the 2010-2011 dig, this book is a produced by the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

In October 2010, a bulldozer operator working at the base of the Snowmass ski area in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains uncovered the skeleton of a young female mammoth. Over the next 11 months, this find would yield a treasure trove of amazingly well-preserved ice age fossils - more than 5,000 bones of over 40 kinds of animals - and would change forever our understanding of alpine life in the ice age. The Snowmastodon Project’s two lead scientists tell the dynamic story of this discovery and dig: the excitement, emotion, and the colorful cast of characters who made the project a success.


Praise for Digging Snowmastodon:

Digging Snowmastodon is part science and part love. Johnson and Miller bring to life one of the greatest scientific discoveries of the new century. What an incredible read.
- John Hickenlooper, Governor of Colorado

In have only dreamed of mastodon bones but Kirk, Ian, and Joe gave us the gift of participating in this amazing experience in Snowmass, Colorado. This is a special story that my husband Derek Trucks and I will share with our grandchildren someday.
- Susan Tedeschi, award winning singer/guitarist with the Tedeschi Trucks Band

This is a brilliantly told tale of one of the most exciting finds in modern geology, a treasure hunt with a perfect, inspirational conclusion. You’ll never look at the Earth in quite the same way again!
- Simon Winchester, author of The Professor and the Madman and The Map that Changed the World

On December 16, 2013 Clay Boland Jr. posted

PROFESSOR B. (AKA CLAY BOLAND JR.) PLAYS OLD-TIME FAVORITES Thursday at 7:00pm Carbondale Branch Library in Carbondale, Colorado HOPE YOU CAN ATTEND AND SING ALONG WITH US.

On October 14, 2013 Sandy Haber posted

You’re a mammoth - I can’t even count how many birthdays YOU’VE had!!!!

On October 14, 2013 Mark Gould posted

Happy Birthday Snowy!

On October 14, 2013 Tom Waldbillig posted

Happy Cake Day

On October 14, 2013 Kirsten H. Michel posted

Happy Birthday Snowy!

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On February 13, 2013 at 10:18 @snowmassmammoth tweeted:

@sabertoothden Welllll, I think I'm getting along just fine at this point. :: gulp ::

On February 01, 2012 at 11:19 @snowmassmammoth tweeted:

Ice Age Death Trap premieres tonight at 8 p.m. on @rmpbs! I'll be watching, will you?

On January 19, 2012 at 3:10 @snowmassmammoth tweeted:

Are you coming to the NOVA sneak peek of Ice Age Death Trap? http://t.co/RECgulYO #iceagedig

On January 19, 2012 at 3:09 @snowmassmammoth tweeted:

It's here! The @NatGeo issue with the #iceagedig as a feature! Mastodon stole the stage, but I'm OK with that :)

On December 15, 2011 at 12:32 @snowmassmammoth tweeted:

My fossil face is about to be everywhere! Thanks @NatGeo for the magazine article and NOVA special. http://t.co/TBl0t2h0

On November 10, 2011 at 2:29 @snowmassmammoth tweeted:

Jan Vriesen did a series of paintings that show the #iceagedig site during various time periods. Definitely in them :) http://t.co/nMZCljP8

On October 14, 2011 at 7:38 @snowmassmammoth tweeted:

Happy unearthing day to me! 1 year ago today, bulldozer driver Jesse Steele discovered me and #iceagedig madness began! http://t.co/KnJ7tXSE

On August 23, 2011 at 12:39 @snowmassmammoth tweeted:

Help me build a mammoth skeleton with the free Snowy Scramble app for iPhone/iPad. I'm so tech savvy. #iceagedig http://ow.ly/6aPLD

On June 24, 2011 at 4:12 @snowmassmammoth tweeted:

A mammoth? I think so! RT @Leafdoctor: Bones galore. Our new find is awesome. #iceagedig http://twitpic.com/5gb935

On May 26, 2011 at 2:28 @snowmassmammoth tweeted:

According to the @leafdoctor, the bone count at the #iceagedig is nearly 300 now. Awesome!


Snowmastodon Book Offers Inside Dirt on Big Dig

A review of “Digging Snowmastodon” in the Aspen Daily News

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“Digging Snowmastodon” on Colorado Public Radio

Tracking an Ice Age World: Kirk Johnson, one of the co-authors of “Digging Snowmastodon,” interviewed on Colorado Public Radio.  You will get a sense of what Kirk Johnson means by “serial Eureka! moments.”

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Review: “Digging Snowmastodon” Reveals Rest of Fossil Story

Upbeat, glowing review of “Digging Snowmastodon” from The Aspen Times

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Fossils in Snowmass Continue to Fascinate

A brief overview from the “On the Snow” website (includes picture of visitors center in Aspen). Read more here.

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A woolly mystery long in the tooth

NOVA show “Ice Age Death Trap” previewed in South Coast Today. Full preview here.

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Ask Questions During NOVA Premiere

During the premiere of “Ice Age Death Trap” (Wed., Feb 1 on NOVA), send your questions via Twitter to #iceagedig and scientists from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science will be on hand to reply.  8 to 9 p.m., Mountain Time.

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Ice Age Fossil Site Featured in National Publication, National Television Show

National Geographic and NOVA (Public Broadcasting) among those putting Snowmass Village and the Ice Age dig in the national limelight. http://www.snowmasssun.com/article/20120124/NEWS/120129990/1064&ParentProfile=1039

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Channel 9 Story: Ice Age Discovery Drawing National Attention

Co-Author Ian Miller Interviewed on KUSA-Channel 9: http://www.9news.com/news/article/245491/222/Snowmass-Ice-Age-discovery-getting-national-attention

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National Geographic to Feature Ice Age Finds

Mark Jan. 31 on your calendar. That’s the day the February issue of National Geographic hits the stands. The magazine will feature a short, illustrated article about the ice-age fossil finds at Ziegler Reservoir near Snowmass Village.

“We are thrilled with the level of interest in this important project,” said Dr. Kirk Johnson, the leader of the Snowmastodon Project excavation team and vice president of the Research and Collections Division at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. “The involvement of these esteemed organizations helps us share this discovery with an incredible number of people.”

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Dig this: Book details Snowmass fossil discoveries

Digging Snowmastodon: Discovering an Ice Age World in the Colorado Rockies” describes the events surrounding the discovery; the excitement and emotion of the dig itself; and the colorful cast of characters who each played important roles as the story unfolded, according to the museum.

“This incredible discovery captured everyone’s attention,” said Dr. Kirk Johnson, leader of the excavation team and vice president of the Research and Collections Division at the museum, in a statement. “It played out in the headlines of local, national and international media, including The New York Times and National Geographic. This is our opportunity to share the inside scoop and describe what it was really like to be there and experience it in person.”

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