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November 8, 2012
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Highway 99 project unearths Ice Age mammoth bones

Paleontologists on Wednesday finished removing mammoth bones dating back to the ice age which were unearthed as part of a highway construction project on State Route 99 in Merced County.

"Caltrans is committed to preserving these historical artifacts," said District Director, Carrie Bowen. "We are using the proper protocols to maintain their integrity for future study."

In the event the department comes upon historical artifacts, construction is paused in the area of the discovery until the fossilized remains can be reviewed. In the case of this area, the potential for fossilized remains was already identified and a trained paleontologist was …

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The Record Courier Updated Nov 8, 2012 09:20PM Published Nov 8, 2012 09:19PM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.