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It's the first Ponies and the Pleistocene! Let's see how this works.

I work at the Waco Mammoth Site, one of only six in-situ fossil sites in the U.S. It is exactly what it says on the tin—it's in Waco, and it has mammoths!

Our mammoths are not woolly mammoths. It seems that as long as Texas has been in its current location, it has always been hot, so it wasn't a good place for woollies. We have Columbian mammoths instead, which were second only to steppe mammoths in size. The males averaged 14 feet (about 4 meters) at the shoulder! They lived during the Pleistocene epoch, going extinct only 10,000 years ago.

Minty is standing across from Mammoth Q, our male who we nicknamed Quincy. He is located under the platform, and the mural is based off his measurements.

As I make these posts, I will talk about some of our different fossils, how these animals died, and different aspects of my job. This will act as filler art on weeks when a comic isn't possible. I'm excited!



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May. 15th, 2013 11:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, very cool! I did not know there were non-woolly mammoths.
May. 15th, 2013 11:55 pm (UTC)
It's true! I have to start every tour by dispelling the three misconceptions. ^_^
1) Mammoths did not live with dinosaurs.
2) Texas never had glaciers.
3) Not all mammoths were the woolly kind.
May. 16th, 2013 04:05 pm (UTC)
This is very cool!
May. 16th, 2013 09:31 pm (UTC)
This is nifty to learn! ^_^
I also did not know there were non-wooly mammoths.
I like how excited Minty looks to see the mammoth.
May. 15th, 2013 11:52 pm (UTC)
Sounds like these updates will be interesting! I'm excited to learn more. =)
May. 16th, 2013 12:13 am (UTC)
Seconding that; I didn't know that non-wooly mammoths existed either! Cool beans!

~*~ Rad
May. 16th, 2013 12:49 am (UTC)
Thirding! So cool to find out not all mammoths were woolly. :)

I really like this and am excited to learn more.
May. 16th, 2013 03:30 am (UTC)
I like it, that's really neato!
May. 16th, 2013 07:38 am (UTC)
I'm sure I'm not the only one curious to see Minty against a mammoth, both on the same scale. ^_^ (Of course, that would entail deciding how tall she stands..) Time-traveling story, anyone? =:)
May. 16th, 2013 11:09 am (UTC)
I'm excited too! I love fossils, though I know more about dinosaurs than mammoths. I'm keen to learn more!
May. 16th, 2013 06:23 pm (UTC)
So the large mammals ranged across all of North America? And there were many different *types* across all of North America? Why does that make sense when you think about it for more than 5 seconds? Growing up where it was a heck of a lot colder all I heard about was wooly mammoth and wooly rhino and wooly other things, along with giant sloths and saber-toothed cats and the like. So I always *assumed* that they were always creatures *just* based around where I lived. This is so cool! Thanks for doing this!
May. 17th, 2013 03:28 am (UTC)
Well there you go, learned something already, that not all mammoths were woolly!
May. 17th, 2013 10:00 am (UTC)
Great post,let's have more.
May. 17th, 2013 12:37 pm (UTC)
Very cool! I already learned some new stuff! ^-^ (I also didn't know there were different kinds of Mammoths other than Woolly.)

I've been to the Gray Fossil Site in Tennessee. Is that one of the other 4 in-situ sites? They are still unearthing new fossils there.
May. 17th, 2013 12:46 pm (UTC)
Is their bonebed under a permanent shelter? I've never been!

As I understand it, the four sites are: Dinosaur National Monument, The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, the Waco Mammoth Site, and Ashfall Fossil Bed.
May. 18th, 2013 12:01 am (UTC)
Ah! My boss informs me that I missed the Berlin Ichthyosaur and Hudson Meng sites. I'll need to correct this entry some time Saturday.
May. 20th, 2013 04:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It's so much fun to learn new things from professionals who love their work, particularly things I wouldn't have thought to investigate on my own. Add me to the list of people who never knew that non-wooly mammoths existed.
May. 30th, 2013 01:57 am (UTC)
This is so cool! I am glad you're doing this; I enjoy the comic a lot, but this is also going to be a lot of fun! I grew up wanting to be a geologist, then a paleontologist, but then I realized I was burned out on school. I'm slowly working towards a dietetics degree now, since nutrition is one of my greatest passions now-a-days, but I still love prehistoric stuff too. :] Thanks for posting your (Minty's) adventures for us!
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