Sharon E. Holte

Sharon E. Holte

Hot Springs, SD

The Mammoth Site

Director of Education


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Published on Mar 17, 2019

My favorite deadly sin... Sloth

Somehow I just do not automatically associate ground sloth fossils and South Dakota! Bison – yes; ground sloths – no. My colleague and co-PI, Sharon Holte, on our New Project Cave venture presente...

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Published on Mar 15, 2019

Bison bison wherefore art thou bison?

Bison are an American icon. We see it on the logo of the US Department of the Interior and National Park Service, and it is our national mammal as of 2016. There are more active bison ranchers and ...

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Published on Mar 10, 2019

Our Cave Adventures - Persistence Cave

Wind Cave National Park (WICA) is but about 15 minutes north of The Mammoth Site here in the southern Black Hills. About four years ago cave researchers at WICA said that they have located a s...

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Published on Mar 13, 2019

Dreaming of Muskoxen...

Growing up in hot southern Arizona I really could not think of a much more exotic animal than the muskox. Of course I was thinking of the living muskox, Ovibos moschatus. Built low to the ground,...

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Published on Mar 12, 2019

How did I get started in paleontology?

My mom and dad were both zoologists; dad worked at the University of Arizona, Tucson. Both said for me to simply ‘study everything’. I worked a lot as a kid with my dad with hisfield work on the gi...

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Published on Mar 11, 2019

Caves and Camels??

I was so completely surprised while going through a bag of muddy sediments just hauled out of Persistence Cave here in the southern Black Hills.  There inplain site with the shrew jaw, rattlesnake ...

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