On Tuesday, February 11, 2014, an employee of Transit Plumbing Inc. discovered a Columbian mammoth tusk at a South Lake Union construction site in Seattle. I had heard about its discovery that day but hadn’t given it much thought beyond thinking “you never know when or where fossil discoveries are going to turn up”. The following Thursday at around 8:30 a.m. I received a text message from Dr. Christian Sidor, University of Washington Associate Professor of Biology and Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Burke Museum, asking if I would like to help excavate the mammoth tusk. I immediately responded “Sure!” thinking what an adventure it would be digging up an ice age animal in the middle of a city. Most fossil excavations that I have participated in involve much older deposits such as those from the age of dinosaurs (66 million year plus) and from places like the badlands of Montana and Wyoming. Later that day I met with Dr. Sidor at the Burke Museum along with Burke Museum …
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The weekend of January 31st-February 2nd (immediately preceding a Superbowl massacre led by the Seahawks) was the annual graduate student retreat at Wallace Falls Lodge in Gold Bar. The weekend was spent hot tub stargazing, eating, skiing, gaming, DANCIN', hiking, chasing a gyrfalcon, and riding the Whip. It was yet another delightful weekend in the Cascades. See you in 2015!