Ice Age Camel Found At Colorado Fossil Site
Add the Ice Age camel to the growing list of animals that roamed an area near Aspen some 50,000 to 150,000 years ago.
“We’ve added a camel to the mix, and we’re just getting started,” said Kirk Johnson, vice president of research and collections and chief curator for the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. “This just keeps getting better.”
Johnson announced the latest find this week as crews returned to the site near Snowmass Village. He said the 2-inch lower molar of a Camelops was discovered in a pile of peat pulled out of Ziegler Reservoir, where excavation work is under way after a six-month hiatus due to winter weather.
The tooth was found when a construction crew member was sifting through sediment that had been removed last fall to prepare the peat for repurposing.