ice age ecosystem

Scientists say an excavation site in western Colorado is revealing an entire Ice Age ecosystem.

Scientists claim to have uncovered an entire Ice Age ecosystem, after unearthing a wealth of bones from an excavation site in western Colorado in the US.

A team from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science discovered two additional Ice Age mammal species at the fossil dig site at Ziegler Reservoir in Colorado, last week.

The first find was a humerus, or upper arm bone, of a giant ground sloth. The second discovery was a deer-like animal. Partial remains of five mastodons, three bison and a juvenile Columbian mammoth, as well as plant matter and insects , have also been found.

Mammoths and mastodons are elephant-like creatures that faded into extinction on this continent over 12,800 years ago.

“It is truly uncommon to get all parts of a fossil ecosystem preserved in one place,” Ian Miller, the museum’s curator of paleontology, said.

Via Times of India