Ruth Clemmer never dreamed that a mammoth from the Ice Age would be named after her. After all, she was a retiree from the world of finance. But today, Ruth has formed a bond with Clem – an extinct mammoth that inhabited the site where she regularly digs – some 26,000 years after he roamed the earth.
The Mammoth Site
Imagine traveling back to the time when Ice Age mammoths roamed the Great Plains of North America. And imagine a sudden collapse of a 60-foot deep sinkhole. Bubbling from the bottom, a warm spring percolates through the layers of limestone, creating a large, steep-sided pond. Picture thirsty animals venturing down to the water below. After drinking from this pond, the animals are unable to gain a foothold to escape. The sinkhole is a deathtrap. The mammoths are still buried there today. They are being unearthed one-by-one by volunteers from across the…
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