12,000 + years ago Wooly Mammoths walked around the midwest, they lived and died in places like the one pictured above- but of course this would've been a whole lot more icy and snow covered.
3 different Wooly Mammoths came to rest at what is now a peaceful farm in Mahaska county, Iowa. When the head of a femur was found sticking out of a stream bank on the property, the experts were called in and the excavation began.
I first saw the excavated remains from this site at a fossil, rock, and gemstone show with my grandma. I had just started learning anatomy and was identifying which bones were which and structures on the bones, bones are amazing! I was eventually invited to come see the site and I even excavated what was probably a piece of the sinuses of the head.
Bones are incredibly fascinating to me, they can tell stories, we can learn so much from them. My fascination led to a project- the reconstruction of a mammoth's foot, it sounds kind of crazy and it was quite the process putting it all together. In my next post I'll show how you go about constructing a mammoth foot.