Mini Tour

Mammoth Bones

The Humboldt Museum's centerpiece attraction comprises several sets of Columbian mammoth bones unearthed near the Black Rock Desert. The bones are 13,000 years old!

Near the mammoth bones, the archaeologists found the baby teeth of a saber-toothed cat, a toe from an extinct species of horse, and bison vertebrae.

Extinct Pleistocene (Ice Age) animals that have been found throughout the Great Basin include camel, ground sloth, giant ground sloth, mastodon, horse, saber-toothed cat, antelope, skunk, peccary, lionlike cat, short-faced bear, and the dire wolf.

The Humboldt Museum's collection of Pleistocene bones were excavated by archaeologists from the Quaternary Science Center of the Desert Research Institute in Reno, with the cooperation of the Bureau of Land Management, under the direction of Dr. Stephanie Livingston.

Winnemucca Black Rock mammoth display - donations from:

  • Santa Fe Pacific Gold's Twin Creeks Mine
  • Karen Brown
  • Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation
  • Southwest Gas
  • Les Warr in memory of Orlean "T. T." Pack Lynn
  • Nevada Humanities Committee
  • Hycroft's Crofoot Lewis Mine
  • Dave Alder, King's
  • Betty Stout
  • Rayrock's Marigold & Pinson Mines
  • Humboldt County
  • Winnemucca Convention & Visitors Authority
  • Pegasus' Florida Canyon Mine
  • Lon & Darlene Armstrong
  • Santa Fe Pacific Gold's Lone Tree Complex
  • Pauline Lambert
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • City of Winnemucca
  • French Ford Middle School
  • Women in Mining
  • Lowell & Cathy Chichester
  • Bank of America
  • Joann Stansbury
  • Henry & Frances Thoeny
  • Terry Sullivan, Great Basin Bank
  • Regina Smith
  • Don & Lillian Stoker
  • Albertson's
  • Di An Willis
  • Dale Delong
  • Jim's Chevron
  • Paul Vesco
  • Jeff & Jolyn White
  • Denise Nielsen, Chapparral Fire Protection
  • Kim & Yvonne Petersen
  • Steve West
  • Tom Fransway
  • Crenshaw's Concrete Curbing
  • Verner Chiropractic
  • Alan Davis
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