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Wind Cave Partners with Mammoth Site to Investigate Cave Containing Ice-Age Fossils


Wind Cave National Park, SD - Staff from Wind Cave National Park, The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, and teachers and students from East Tennessee State University, the Royal Alberta Museum, Florida Museum of Natural History, and The University of Maine are holding a two-week field camp in the park investigating a small cave believed to contain fossils from at least 22 different species that are over 11,000 years old. During the field camp, students and park staff will be removing material from the cave while others are screen washing material and preparing it for curation. The event is closed to the public but open to the press.

What: Paleo field camp investigating cave containing ice-aged fossils.

Where: Meet at the park visitor center.

When: Wednesday morning, June 10, at 9:30 a.m.

Images: Removing material from the cave, screen washing.

Interviews: Staff from the park, The Mammoth Site, and East Tennessee State University.

How: For media staff traveling from Rapid City, take Highway 79 south and at Mile Post 35, turn west and take the 7-11 Road to Highway 385. Go north on Highway 385 into the park.

Contact: RSVP by calling or leaving a message with Tom Farrell at 605-745-1130.



Wind Cave: Tom Farrell, 605-745-1130,
Mammoth Site: Joe Muller, 605-745-6017,
East Tennessee State University, Dr. Jim Mead, 928-853-6393,