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MAMMOTH GETS PERMANENT HOME

The mammoth skeleton found last summer near the Huntington Dam construction site will get a permanent home in the College of Eastern Utah Prehistoric Museum in Price.

The museum was selected after several months of study by a team which investigated proposals from five institutions that wanted the mammoth, said George Morris, Manti-LaSal National Forest supervisor.The museum, already undergoing expansion, will be able to provide a controlled environment, make the bones available for study and it is located near where the bones were found. The selection was made with the condition the museum become accredited by 1992.

The Museum of Natural History at the University of Utah was chosen to do the molding and coordinate the production of casts of the mammoth for other museums.

A cast of the mammoth skeleton should be available to anyone who wants one at a cost of $15,000 to $18,000.

The Museum of Natural History will declare 1990 as "The Year of the Mammoth" and produce a yearlong display, making part of the molding and casting process available for viewing by the public.

After the mammoth bones were discovered last summer, they were given to the Utah Division of History and Antiquities for stabilization.

The bones are being dried and those requiring chemical stabilization are being treated and should be ready for molding and casting in two or three months.