The Waco Mammoth National Monument is open, though guests are on their own when it comes to touring the site. Guided walks accompanied by guides remain a casualty of the pandemic.
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Fossil specimens showcased there represent a nursery herd of Columbian mammoths believed to have died in a single natural event, along with other animals from the Pleistocene Epoch, according to the National Park Service’s description of the 100-acre monument tucked away in a wooded area along the Bosque River. The dig began with a discovery in 1978.
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