Researchers from the University of Kansas have been laboring under the hot sun in western Kansas to unearth the fossilized remains of a massive animal. The fossil is that of a mammoth, which roamed the plains and then died more than 15,000 years ago. Mammoth fossils aren't especially rare, but Commentator Rex Buchanan says this particular discovery might turn out to be a very big deal.
Commentator Rex Buchanan is the interim director of the Kansas Geological Survey at the University of Kansas. He's a regular contributor to KPR's Morning Edition.
Production assistance for this commentary was provided by KPR News intern Sixuan Wu, a University of Kansas senior from China, majoring in journalism.