When bulldozer operator Jesse Steele unearthed the remains of a Columbian mammoth while excavating a reservoir for snowmaking, it soon became apparent he had made one of the most significant archeological finds in Colorado history. The discovery of a giant femur and tusk by the Gould Construction employee near Snowmass Village in October 2010 was just the tip of an Ice Age iceberg. By the time the crew buttoned up the site the following July, more than 5,000 bones from 40 different animal species, including what is believed to be the largest American mastodon, were pulled from their entombment in this high-altitude lake bed. As the fourth anniversary of the landmark discovery approaches, local consensus and momentum have finally aligned to showcase the stunning find as both a marketing and educational tool.
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