Taking a Dip Becomes Death Trap for Animals
By Anna Blackford

According to Wikipedia the Snowmass Fossil Find site was a small glacial lake during the Pleistocene epoch. So our question is this: why was it those animals that were found in the 2010 Fossil Dig in Snowmass, Colorado?
To answer this question we ask another: what does every living thing need? Water. That is why we believe that when the earthquake hit the now deceased animals the victims were either drinking from, swimming in, or flying over the glacial lake in the area now known as Snowmass, Colorado.

Snowmass is now a resort located near Aspen, Colorado. Nowadays it’s a fun vacation, but could it have been an unplanned death trap years ago? In 2010 fossil finders answered this when they found American Mastodons, Giant Bisons, Ground Sloths, and many other animal fossils. This event is commonly known as the 2010 Snowmass Mastodon Fossil Find.

We know that these animals are ancient because the mastodons ruled in the Pleistocene Period, which ended about 11,000 years ago. And who’s to say they were recent in that period? This epoch began 33.9 million years ago!

Another theory about what caused these animals deaths is a quicksand accident. I find the earthquake theory much more credible because as of January 1st, 2012, there are about 20,000 earthquakes yearly. There aren’t many available numbers on quicksand deaths, but according to msnbc it’s not very often, “The density of an average human body is about 62 pounds per cubic foot, which is less than quicksand's 125 pounds per cubic foot.” So how likely is death by quicksand? Not likely.

This find was a great discovery for archeology and will hopefully help us answer some more ponderings. Cheers to the the people who unveiled a new world for us to research!

To see some mastodon pictures, go to Ima: 'think that fence will stop him?'

Image: 'American Mastodons'