On October 24th, news of the discovery spread across the globe. You may have seen the story featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, the Times of India, and hundreds of other media outlets.
The Museum’s excavation team spent about 10,000 hours in the field at Corral Bluffs, working to uncover close to 1,000 vertebrate fossils, including mammals, turtles, and crocodilians. They also gathered 6,000 fossil leaves, including the world’s oldest bean pod, which was unearthed by a high school student in the Museum’s Teen Science Scholar Program! The scientists worked to date the rocks surrounding the fossils and determine the sequence of the mammals’ rebound. The exceptional record of fossil plants and animals—along with a precise understanding of the age of the rocks—is the trifecta that solved a mystery that has stumped paleontologists for decades.
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