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16,000 years ago (Pleistocene)

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Description: Mammoths and camels wander among pine trees and prairie grass on a warm summer day during the Ice Age. Mastodon, horses, bison, lions, cheetahs, and giant ground sloths share this Front Range habitat. This landscape will eventually become Highlands Ranch. Around 11,000 years ago, the first humans settled in the region, hunting the plentiful big game.

Artist: Jan Vriesen

Formation: Quaternary Sediments

Best Viewing Spots:

  • Sand Creek Drainage
  • South Platte Park, Carson Nature Center
  • Wheat Ridge Greenbelt
  • Highlands Ranch Open Space

An eagle-eyed backhoe operator spotted the tip of a mammoth tusk while he was digging a soil-test trench in Littleton, Colorado.

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