If you are interested in supporting this project and other paleontology projects by UNLV students and faculty, click here and select "Paleontological Research" from the drop-down menu under Donation Information. UNLV paleontology students and faculty are excavating bones and tusks of a Columbian mammoth at a remote site in Nye County, Nevada, about a two-hour drive from Las Vegas.
The site is on Bureau of Land Management land, and we are working collaboratively with the BLM on this project.
We need funds to transport students to the site, for field supplies, to remove and transport the fossils to the fossil prep lab at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, and for analyses (such as radiocarbon dating and fossil pollen analysis).
Perhaps you would like to name it after one of your children or grandchildren.It remained in an upright position, perhaps for a few weeks.The heavy tusks caused the animal's head to fall forward, so the tusks plunged into the soft sediment and remained in that position, where we find them today, 20,000 years later.Once we recover the tusks we will use CT-scanning to study their internal structure, which will allow us to determine how old this animal was when it died.An unusual and puzzling feature of this animal is that its tusks are pointed straight into the ground.