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Ancient Death Trap Now a Paleontological Treasure Trove
08th August, 2014
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An ancient death trap is now a paleontological treasure trove. The Natural Trap Cave in north-central Wyoming has been the site of many deaths over the past 100,000 years. A mostly hidden hole in the ground is the only entrance to the cave. Tens of thousands of animals are thought to have fallen 80 feet to their deaths, and their bones are preserved on the cave floor.

Natural Trap Cave and its bounty of treasure is not a new discovery, but it has been left undisturbed for the past 30 years. Now, new technology and excavation methods are being used to explore the abundance of long extinct mammal fossils. The Federal Bureau of Land Management oversees access to the cave. In July, the BLM allowed an exclusive team of scientists and paleontologists to rappel to the bottom of the cave and remove valuable fossils. Bucket after bucket of dirt and remains were lifted from the cave floor.

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