Sunday, July 06, 2008

Ashfalls State Park

Made a day trip Saturday into Nebraska to visit Ashfalls State Park.

Ashfalls is a collection of rhino, elephant, zebra, three toed horse, tortoise, camel and other animal remains. Animals that you would expect to see in Africa not Nebraska.

< Remains of three toed horse.

In times past ash from a volcano in Idaho settled out here in northeast nebraska trapping and killing these animals and preserving their remains.

< Baby barrel rhino.

< Rhino barn protecting fossil bed. Another is in construction to the north for more digs.

< Outside exhibit showing mostly zebra bones. The round bone in the lower right is the top of an elephant femur.

< Looking back into Nebraska from South Dakota over looking the Missouri river. This bridge is called the Chief Standing Bear Memorial bridge.

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