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Author Topic: Latest report on Lovewell mammoths  (Read 1336 times)
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« on: June 13, 2009, 10:30:01 AM »

Found this latest paper by Steve Holen on numerous mammoths at Lovewell Reservoir in north central Kansas.

The abstract

Remains of five mammoths have been excavated along the north shore of Lovewell Reservoir on White Rock Creek, Jewell County,
Kansas. Two additional mammoths have been recorded as surface finds. These seven mammoths are clustered within a distance of 2 km
and are contained within sediments dating to the transition from terminal mid Wisconsin to Last Glacial Maximum. This density of
single adult mammoth death sites is uncommon elsewhere on the central Great Plains of North America. Radiocarbon ages from bone
and decalcified organic carbon indicate the mammoths date between about 18,000 and 21,000 rcybp. A discussion of the stratigraphy,
ages and taphonomy for the five excavated mammoth localities is presented including new taphonomic data collected from the Lovewell
Mammoth Site (14JW306) during the 2004 excavation. New data indicate that the Lovewell Mammoth Site contains three mammoths
where as previously only one mammoth was reported [Holen, S.R., 2006. Taphonomy of two last glacial maximum mammoth sites in the
central Great Plains of North America: a preliminary report on La Sena and Lovewell. Quaternary International 142143, 3043].
Results presented here support the earlier taphonomic interpretation that humans were present on the central Great Plains during the
Last Glacial Maximum.
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