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10th-Jul-2007 10:21 pm - Help at Mammoth Dig Site
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Kayla Snider, 17, a senior at Cle Elum-Roslyn High School, uses compressed air to clean soil off the scapula of a Columbia mammoth fossil in the Wenas Valley under the guidance of Central Washington University graduate student Jake Shapely on Friday. SELAH -- Not often do you, the public, get the chance to help the experts dig up a really old elephant skeleton.

But that's exactly the opportunity the good people at Central Washington University are offering. Starting this week, they hope to persuade some volunteers to help out this summer at the mammoth dig site in the Wenas Valley.

"Really, we'll take as many as we can get," says Jake Shapley, a CWU grad student who is writing his master's thesis on the dig.
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10th-Jul-2007 12:01 pm - Baby mammoth discovery unveiled
Baby mammoth discovery unveiled
By Paul Rincon
Science reporter, BBC News

A baby mammoth unearthed in the permafrost of north-west Siberia could be the best preserved specimen of its type, scientists have said.

The frozen carcass is to be sent to Japan for detailed study.

The six-month-old female calf was discovered on the Yamal peninsula of Russia and is thought to have died 10,000 years ago.

The animal's trunk and eyes are still intact and some of its fur remains on the body.

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Study: Humans Didn't Wipe Out Mammoths
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May 10, 2006 — Recent evidence suggests people may not deserve the blame for the wave of animal extinctions — which included the woolly mammoth, wild horse Equus ferus, and saber-toothed tiger — that arrived with the end of the last Ice Age 10,000 years ago.

Many experts have argued that over-hunting caused by human expansion imperiled these species and others. As woolly mammoth numbers declined in the northern latitudes, the theory goes, vegetation patterns changed to favor small animals over big grazers and their predators.

But the authors of a new study say the die-offs were due to a more complex sequence of events between 13,000 and 10,000 years ago, when the chilly Pleistocene yielded to the balmy Holocene era of today.

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Also see..
CBC new: Humans Cleared of Killing Off Woolly Mammoths
Guardian Unlimisted: Humans Not to Blame for Ice Age Mass Extinction
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