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Alumni’s Work Reflected in Denver Snowmastodon Exhibit

Four Alumni, CC Geology Professor Involved in Ice Age Fossil Site

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is hosting a dedication ceremony for the museum's newest sculpture, "Snowmastodon," commissioned to commemorate an extraordinary Ice Age site. Numerous Colorado College alumni and a CC geology professor were involved in the excavation of the site, discovered in 2010 discovered near Snowmass Village.

Ian Miller '99, curator of paleontology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, co-directed the fossil excavation; Gussie Maccracken '11 and Adam Freierman '12 were two of nine nationally selected student interns at the Snowmastodon dig; and Saxon Sharpe '76, associate research professor emerita with the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nev., and CC Geology Professor Eric Leonard worked on the project.

The bronze sculpture will be unveiled at 10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 23, on the west side of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd. Gov. John Hickenlooper will discuss the significance of the Snowmastodon fossil discovery, sculptor Kent Ullberg will describe the process of creating the 19-foot sculpture, and Miller will discuss the scientific significance and his role in the fossil discovery. The story was featured in a December 2012 Bulletin article.

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