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Ponies and the Pleistocene--Nursery Herds

Excavation began at the Waco Mammoth Site in 1978 after two young men brought a bone they discovered to Baylor University's Strecker Museum. As bones were uncovered, details emerged. Many Columbian mammoths were buried together, mostly adult females. Buried with them were three mammoth calves. The site had something unprecented—a family.

Elephants are matriarchal, with females staying in a familial group called a nursery herd. Protected by their matriarch, they help their sisters and cousins raise their young. The Waco group is one of only three nursery herds known to exist today, the others being woolly mammoth herds in Siberia and Serbia. The Waco herd is Columbian, and it was discovered first.

The herd perished in a flood and were buried at this site, which sits between the Bosque and Brazos rivers. Later, other groups of animals died in floods and were buried in the same place, one group stacked above another.

Minty and Kimono are looking at a mural of the Waco herd, which hangs above the bone bed.


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May. 29th, 2013 03:58 am (UTC)
Considering I live in Texas, I ought to take a road trip to this place. but part of me can't help but wonder if I went years ago on a family trip. :)
May. 29th, 2013 04:03 am (UTC)
We've only been open to the public for three years, so you may not have.
May. 29th, 2013 12:21 pm (UTC)
Definitely not, then! I haven't been on a classic family road trip in 7-9 years. Something to round my friends into doing. :)
May. 29th, 2013 04:22 am (UTC)
Very cool.
May. 29th, 2013 06:43 pm (UTC)
I wish I could visit but I'm stuck across the pond in England. Your job sounds ultra cool <3
May. 30th, 2013 12:18 am (UTC)
The only thing that'd make me nervous about working in that (or any excavation site) is coming into work one day and being told there's nothing left to excavate and everyone is now unemployed.

Then again, after losing two jobs in 3 years (none of which were my fault, btw), I might be sensitive about that sort of thing.
May. 30th, 2013 09:13 am (UTC)
There's always something to do! Excavation is slow, for one. Curation is even slower--for every hour spent digging a bone, five to ten hours will be spent on it in a lab. And if bones stay in situ, they'll always need educators to show people around. :)
May. 30th, 2013 06:37 am (UTC)
I love your paleo posts. I'm a lurker but I've been reading your comic since nearly the beginning. I meant to ask on your state of the comic post a ways back, is it better for you if I read the comic on your site rather than just following it on LJ? Do you get ad revenue? Is it easier for you to tell how many hits you get?
May. 30th, 2013 09:21 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks!

I do get a very small amount of ad revenue from the website, and every little bit helps. My ad boxes also are my main way of monitoring traffic. Right now, either traffic is down, or more people are using ad blockers. I don't have a way to know. That said, my LJ presence is permanent. If I ended up being hit by a meteor while stuck in a tar pit, and my website expired, this LJ will still be here.
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