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OREGON WORKERS FIND ICE-AGE ANIMAL BONES

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Workers digging a sewer line found bones of animals dating from the ice age.

William Orr, a geologist at the University of Oregon and curator of its Thomas Condon Collection of Fossils, brought six bones from the site to the Woodburn City Council meeting Monday."I'm here to generate enthusiasm for a summer dig," he said. "My grad students say I rarely get excited about anything, but I'm excited about this."

Orr said the bones were the best representation of ice-age mammals he had seen in a quarter-century of teaching. The bones were found 6 to 9 feet below ground and are 30,000 to 50,000 years old, Orr said.

He said the crew's discovery was typical. "Most major finds happen this way," Orr said.