Workers digging underground found fossils of ancient mammals that roamed the area about 11,000 years ago. The historic treasure trove included bones of extinct animals such as mammoths and mastodons.
Paleontologist Dr. Ashley Leger leads a team that works alongside construction crews to search for fossils. Their discoveries began with bones of mammoths that roamed the area during the Ice Age. A large tusk fragment, at least 11,000 years old, and a nearly complete skull were found.
“This is a paleontologist’s dream,” Leger said. “It’s not every day that you get the opportunity to do research in a subway passing through a fossil-rich area.”
“There’s a rich history under everyone’s feet that everyone overlooks. So we’re opening people’s eyes, opening their imaginations and bringing the past to life.”
More and more clues about the ancient past are found in the tunnel – a leg bone from an extinct camel and a mastodon tooth.