National Geographic : 2000 Apr
Saving a Roadside Mastodon While dredging out an agri cultural ditch last April, a county contractor named George King got a surprise: a remarkably preserved mas todon skeleton. Since then, in the shadow of a Highway 158 overpass, University of Arkansas archaeologist Julie Morrow has been excavating the site with help from mem bers of the Arkansas Archeo logical Society. This lower jaw came complete with teeth, plus a bonus, she says: "There's enough protein in one tooth to carbon-date it!" Armed Guard for a Walking Whale Northeastern Ohio Univer sities College of Medicine expert Hans Thewissen is used to having weapon wielding police stand by as he digs in Pakistan. "Police serve as guides and interpret ers and keep us from going where people aren't friendly," says Thewissen, who found the only full skeleton of a land roving ancestor of today's whale. "The guns don't bother me," he says. "In these hills they're more of a status sym bol than a weapon."