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Ice Age fossils are relatively common in Iowa.  The UI Museum of Natural History has contributed to several excavations in the state, often in collaboration with faculty, staff, and students from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, the Paleontology Repository, and the Office of the State Archaeologist. Read more about these projects below.  

Ice Age Research

Multiple mammoth site containing at least one Woolly Mammoth. Discovered in Mahaska County, IA in 2010.

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Iowa's first confirmed Giant Short-faced bear discovery. Found in Cass County, Iowa in 2008

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A group of three Giant Ground Sloths; one adult, one adolescent and one juvenile, discovered in Shenandoah, Iowa in 2001

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Researchers, faculty, instructors, students, and others needing assistance with digital or in-person access, object/specimen loans, other special arrangements, or more detailed information on our research collections may contact our research collections team.