Greg McDonald is here cataloging Megalonyx bones from the site. He found a right fifth metacarpal of a Paramylodon harlani that we had misidentified as a Megalonyx metatarsal. This is the first confirmed record of a Paramylodon in Iowa.
Sloth Advisors, Volunteers and Friends
Let’s start with the good news. The NSF has awarded the sloth project $20,000 to continue excavation, conduct a detailed osteological analysis of the remains, start exploratory DNA analysis of the adult and two juveniles and provide for an outreach intern to maintain the sloth website and design teaching materials focused on the sloth analysis. NSF regards this award as preparatory for submittal of another proposal for comprehensive analyses of the sloths including a series of chemical analyses on the bone as well as detailed studies of associated seeds, pollen and depositional environments at the time the sloths died. We are pleased to continue our association with NSF.
8.17 inches since last Wednesday. Page County is officially a state disaster area. The sandbagging we did in 2006 has saved us so far. . . keep your fingers crossed.
It’s bad for sloth-digging but worse for farmers. http://www.valleynewstoday.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=19760409&BRD=2703&PAG=461&dept_id=555139&rfi=6
It started raining last Friday and continued through Sunday. Officially 3.33 inches. Flash flood warnings for all of Page county. We don’t need a photo to know there’s at least 15 feet of water over the site. Dave
These photos just arrived courtesy of sloth-digging veterans Pam and Marvin Belknap.
The water is high but not nearly as high as we expected after all the rain the area has received. Holmes thinks we may be able to go out and dig in July . He’ll talk to Bob this weekend and send an update to our sloth rapid response team next week.