Mammoth Fossils Unearthed by Highway Construction

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Construction crews found mammoth fossils while working on a project along State Route 99 in Merced County.

Paleontologists removed the last of the bones Wednesday.

Scientists say the fossils date back to the ice age. As soon as the bones were discovered, Caltrans says construction was put on hold so experts could come document, catalog and remove the fossils.

Along with the mammoth bones, the remains of dogs, horses, bison, camels and antelope were found. Experts say it’s fairly uncommon to find remains from the ice age in that part of California.

The project is to convert a seven-mile stretch of State Route 99 from four lanes to six lanes between Buchanan Hollow Road and Miles Creek Overflow.

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