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Waco Mammoth National Monument

Waco, Texas is home to theWaco Mammoth National Monument, which was recently designated as one of three new national monuments.

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The site is located on 100 acres of beautifully wooded countryside, including a dig shelter which overlooks an actual dig site. From a bridge above, visitors can view the remains of several mammoths still half-encased in the ground.

The mammoth skull and tusks are astonishing in size, and imagining a herd of these animals roaming the grounds brings history to life.

The bones of the first mammoth unearthed at this location were discovered in 1978, and bones are displayed as they were found, in the now dry pond sediments for an “in-situ” exhibit. To date, 61 mammoths have been identified, including the nation’s first and only discovery of a nursery herd.

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Other remains excavated include a giant short-faced bear, camel, llama, prairie dog, wolf, fish and numerous other plant and invertebrate fossils. So be sure to add this gem to your Waco itinerary. 

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6220 Steinbeck Bend Drive

Waco, Texas 76708

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