Denver Museum of Nature & Science Excavation Crews Unearth a Spectacular Bison Skull and Horns at the Snowmass Village


SNOWMASS VILLAGE.- On Saturday afternoon, Denver Museum of Nature & Science excavation crews uncovered one of the most spectacular discoveries yet at the Ice Age fossil dig site near Snowmass Village — the skull and horns of a gigantic Ice Age bison. As a Gould construction bulldozer carefully moved muddy silt near the bottom of the reservoir site, Dr. Ian Miller, the Museum’s curator of paleontology and chair of the Earth Science Department, spotted an extremely large bison horn core exposed by the heavy machine operator. The horn was so large Miller initially mistook it for a mammoth or mastodon tusk. The bulldozer made one more careful pass through the area and exposed a second horn core, which led scientists to the spot where a gigantic bison skull was discovered. When both horns were repositioned with the skull, the span of the horns was greater than six feet. “I’m trying to think of a cooler fossil that I’ve ever seen in m