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Cooper says an excavation about 30 years ago found a huge diversity of mammal bones: probably the best in the lower 48. He says this genetic musuem is completely unique in the lower 48. He says this cave revealed a lot of 'quite strange' carnivores. He says it revealed an American lion 20% larger than an African lion, an American Cheetah, Short Faced Bear which is 50% bigger than a grizzly. He says they hope to find out more about the ice age environment from the bones to find out how it compares to the current human affected environment, including climate change. He says the material excavated earlier has degraded from bad storage in Kansas. He says the cold humid conditions in the cave have saved the specimans from degradation. He says the position of the cave on the back side of a slope is the reason so many animals fell in. He says there are thousands of bones in the cave. He says they are taking the DNA samples out of the bones in the cave, then the bones are removed. He says the Smithsonian, the National Museum, and several local museums want the specimens, but the BLM will decide which institution can keep them cold. He says there's potentially 100,000 years of bones in the cave. He says the NSF has funded the most recent exploration.

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