The Mastodon Graveyard That Stole Thomas Jefferson's Heart

The Mastodon Graveyard That Stole Thomas Jefferson's Heart

\" \" Big Bone Lick National Park Mark ManciniFor the Sage of Monticello, science was a patriotic pursuit. In lieu of live specimens, Lewis sent the president a couple of new mastodon fossils from Big Bone Lick. In 1960, the Big Bone Lick fossil site was incorporated into a new state park. At the entrance, visitors are greeted by a sign that reads \"Big Bone Lick Historic Site: Birthplace of American Vertebrate Paleontology.\" Now That's Interesting The American mastodon was named Michigan's official state fossil in 2002 because its remains are common in the Lower Peninsula.

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