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Dr. Jan J. Roth, of the Sundance Research Institute, discusses the discovery of Columbian Mammoth remains during Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. An archaeology/paleontology dig is scheduled to begin May 1.

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A mammoth discovery: Scientist: Prehistoric remains discovered in Craig

Dr. Jan J. Roth, of the Sundance Research Institute, said he's about to embark on a project that has renewed his passion for archaeology and paleontology — the discovery of what he believes are the remains of a Columbian Mammoth inside city limits. He announced the discovery during a Craig City Council meeting earlier this month. “I haven’t been this excited for a long, long time,” Roth told council members. “It’s a very unique opportunity for the City of Craig to have a mammoth site.” The Columbian Mammoth, a slightly larger cousin of the Woolly Mammoth, roamed from Alaska to South America beginning one million years ago, Roth said.

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