The work could also reveal something about the planet’s future. At a site called Lucky Lady Mine are layers of earth that date back roughly 100,000 years to the last interglacial period, the interlude between the advances of glaciers across the Northern Hemisphere. Back then the world was warmer than it is today, so analyzing sediment from that time could shed light on the global warming the planet is experiencing now, Froese remarks. (He discovered the site after meeting the Lucky Lady Mine’s owner, a paleontology enthusiast, at the Snake Pit bar in Dawson City.)
At one point, when we are mired deep in muck, I ask MacPhee whether this is the glamorous life of a paleontologist. He smiles and replies, “You can’t beat it.”
Note: This article was originally printed with the title, "Mammoth Sequences".
This article was originally published with the title Mammoth Sequences.