- Associated Press - Friday, October 2, 2015

WACO, Texas (AP) - Dedication ceremonies are planned next week for the recently designated Waco Mammoth National Monument in Central Texas.

Organizers say U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis are expected to attend Monday’s event.

President Barack Obama in July proclaimed Waco Mammoth as one of three new national monuments. The others are Berryessa Snow Mountain in California and Basin and Range in Nevada.

The Texas site includes well-preserved fossils of a herd of Columbian Mammoths and remains of other Ice Age animals. Experts say some fossils identified at the site are thought to be more than 65,000 years old.




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