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Mammoth specialist addresses Dino Feast

Sun Advocate publisher

Dr. Agenbroad displays slides of his trip to Siberia to the Carbon County audience.

It was an evening of celebration at the College of Eastern Utah's multipurpose room.

The CEU Prehistoric Museum dedicated the evening to its many donors and this year was the 15th anniversary of the discovery of the Columbian Mammoth in Huntington Canyon.

In honor of the discovery and as an opportunity to announce to the community upcoming plans to construct an additional building needed to exhibit the new dinosaur discoveries, even of which have not yet been assembled, the Dino Feast was conducted.

In his opening remarks Jim Huffaker, museum board chair said that the presidents of Price and Carbon County will be the first people in the world to see these new dinosaurs.

The donations received from the annual Dino Feast will help fund the cost of the new facility and the museum's educational programs.

CEU President Ryan Thomas praised the museum staff and board for their incredible work at the museum.

"The museum contributed to all of our lives," stated Thomas. "It is amazing where we live and the richness of the environment."

Thomas did say that there are many, many treasurers found in the areas, "but the greatest treasurers are with us tonight."

Pam Miller, assistant director and curator of archaeology at the museum introduced the keynote speaker, Dr. Larry D. Agenbroad.

Agenbroad is the world's foremost expert on mammoths. He has studied extensively at the mammoth site in Hot Springs, South Dakota as well as many other sites throughout the world, including Siberia.

Agenbroad presented a slide show and overview of his experience recovering the Jarkov Mammoth in Taimyr, Siberia.

He has worked on investigation and conservation of sites at the Hudson-Meng Paleoindian Bison Kill Site; Buffalo Jump sites of Owyhee County, Idaho, and Bechan Cave and adjacent deposits in Utah as will as sites in California and Wyoming.

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